Opéra de Québec presents Verdi’s Nabucco at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Opéra de Québec

James Westman, seen here as Scarpia in Tosca, will portray Nabucco in the upcoming Opéra de Québec production.

Opera lovers are feverish with excitement! From May 11 to 18, Giuseppe Verdi’s lavish Nabucco will be presented at the Grand Théâtre by the Opéra de Québec, in Italian with French surtitles.

In addition to the famous “Va pensiero” sung by the chorus, which truly launched the career of the Italian composer, this grand work will highlight magnificent music by renowned opera singers.

Canadian baritone James Westman plays the demanding role of Nabucco. We last saw him as Sir John A. Macdonald in Louis-Riel at the 2017 Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

Recognized for her mastery of bel canto and a specialist in Verdian roles, Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo will play the ruthless but vulnerable slave Abigaïlle.

Quebec tenor Steeve Michaud, who was the Duc de Mantoue in Rigoletto last season, will play Ismaël.

For the first time, the Opéra de Québec is delighted to welcome Italian bass Giovanni Battista Parodi, who will sing the role of Zaccaria.

Mezzo-soprano Geneviève Lévesque, known for her strong yet warm voice, was applauded enthusiastically for her roles in Rigoletto and The Barber of Seville (in 2016). She will play Fenena, Nabucco’s daughter.

Quebec bass Alain Coulombe, who has built an enviable reputation on the international lyrical scene, will portray the High Priest. Two young Quebec singers with remarkable talent, Jessica Latouche as Anna and Jonathan Gagné as Abdallo, will also be singing. The choir of the Opéra de Québec will round out the cast.

Stage direction is by Michael Cavanagh, and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec will be led by maestro Giuseppe Grazioli, who specializes in Italian repertoire.

For more information and ticket reservations, visit operadequebec.com/en.