`Nabucco': Oft-fiery singing outshines fairly flat setting

Critic's Corner//Music

An often passionate `Nabucco'

Opera review

November 13, 2006|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,sun music critic

It was a calculated act of kindness that changed the opera world.

A prescient impresario thrust a libretto with a biblical plot into the hands of a reluctant and depressed Giuseppe Verdi, who was then thinking about never composing again after the exceptionally modest success of his first opera and humiliating flop of his second. Something about that unsolicited libretto caught Verdi's imagination and led to his first certified hit, Nabucco - and the birth of his genius.

Nabucco 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets $45-$127. Call 410-727-6000 or go to baltimoreopera.com.

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