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Presented by Opera Philadelphia and the National Museum of American Jewish History

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History, Dell Theater
101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

In preparation for Opera Philadelphia’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco, cast members including Margaret Mezzacappa and Musa Ngqungwana will perform a FREE program of selections from the opera in the Dell Theater. Reservations required.
This event is currently sold out.


Presented by Opera Philadelphia and the Penn Museum

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:00 p.m.
Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
3260 South Street, Philadelphia

Friends of the Opera can learn about the historical background, production details, and synopsis of Nabucco during this informative lecture. Guest speaker Grant Frame, Associate Curator of the Penn Museum’s Babylonian collection, will share his extensive knowledge of the era in which the opera is set.
Available to Friends at the Contributor level ($100) and above. Reservations required. Email


Sept. 27–Oct. 6
Academy of Music

Opera ticketholders can warm up for Nabucco with a pre-curtain lecture in the Academy of Music one hour before each performance. These free, informal talks will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. Free to all Nabucco ticketholders for the day listed on your opera ticket.


Monday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth in an evening of the Italian maestro’s music. This Music at KI event includes selections from several Verdi operas including highlights from his first blockbuster success, Nabucco. Several Nabucco cast members will perform, and noted lecturer Joan Cohen will introduce each selection. Tickets are $20 and available at the door or 215.887.8700.

Production underwritten by Mrs. John P. Mulroney

Company Premiere
New co-production with Washington National Opera and Minnesota Opera


Audio excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco (EMI 5099945644726; Riccardo Muti, conductor). Featuring Matteo Manuguerra, Renata Scotto and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Excerpts include the opera’s passionate opening chorus, “Gli arredi festivi giù cadano infranti” (Let the festive adornments be cast down and shattered), Abigaille’s bel canto influenced “Anch'io dischuiso un giorno” (I, too, once opened my heart to joy); the passionate confrontation duet between Abigaille and Nabucco “Deh, perdona” (Oh, forgive, oh, pardon); and ending with the beloved hymn of the Hebrew slaves “Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate” (Go, my thought, on golden wings). Selections courtesy of EMI Classics. For more information or to purchase this recording, go to