The Jewish-tinged tale of “Nabucco” will be performed at this year’s annual free opera performance on August 9 in Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua, featuring the New Israeli Opera and the Symphony Orchestra of Rishon Lezion.
It’s the 16th year that the Israeli opera house is offering the free performance for the lawn-sitting crowds at the Tel Aviv park.
The opera, considered to have established Giuseppe Verdi’s reputation as a renowned composer, follows the historical plight of the Jews as Jerusalem and the First Temple are destroyed by Babylonian king Nabucco, or Nebuchadnezzar in English, and as the Jews mourn their expulsion to Babylonia.
The best-known piece in the opera, “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves,” is often sung as an encore in opera houses worldwide.
The opera will be sung in Italian, with subtitles in Hebrew. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and the opera begins at 8:30 p.m. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.