Ran­dom Acts

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - — James M. Keller

Nabucco beams out from the Met Live in HD; Rosie Flores tears it up at the Kitchen Sink Record­ing Stu­dio; and Chris Jonas presents new com­po­si­tions at Gig Per­for­mance Space

Giuseppe Verdi was twenty-eight years old when his third opera, Nabucco, was pre­miered be­fore the de­mand­ing au­di­ence of La Scala in Mi­lan. His first, Oberto, had been greeted warmly. His sec­ond, Un giorno di regno, was such a dis­as­trous flop that he se­ri­ously con­tem­plated leav­ing the mu­si­cal pro­fes­sion en­tirely. For­tu­nately, he forged on, and Nabucco met with re­sound­ing suc­cess. The opera in­volves pol­i­tics, ro­mance, fa­mil­ial rev­e­la­tions, di­vine ret­ri­bu­tion, and a dra­matic sui­cide played out at a time when the an­cient Baby­lo­ni­ans had con­quered the Jews. Its most fa­mous ex­panse is the cho­rus “Va, pen­siero, sull’ali do­rate,” in which the en­slaved He­brews, on the banks of the Euphrates, pine for their home­land. Ital­ians em­braced it as a vir­tual na­tional an­them, and to this day it re­mains one of the few choral num­bers an opera au­di­ence may de­mand to be en­cored. That is not likely to hap­pen at the Metropoli­tan Opera, which does not look kindly on en­cores, but any­thing is pos­si­ble when Nabucco beams out as part of the Met’s Live in HD se­ries. The screen­ing be­gins at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 7, with a recorded re­peat at 6 p.m. that evening. The cast is headed by so­prano Li­ud­myla Monastyrska, with Plá­cido Domingo singing the bari­tone ti­tle role as the King of Baby­lon. James Levine is sched­uled to con­duct. Tick­ets ($22-$28) are avail­able through www .tick­etssantafe.org or by call­ing 505-988-1234.

Li­ud­myla Monastyrska and Plaá­cido Domingo

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