In the Vienna State Opera's first staging since 1843, a strong cast performs Verdi's retelling of the biblical tale of King Nebuchadnezzar. It was the work that established him amongst the great composers of opera, and contains the famous "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" that proved a great inspiration to Italian nationalism at the time. In Günter Krämer's modern staging, photographs are presented by the chorus of Jewish citizens murdered in World War II.
“The hero of the evening was Leo Nucci in the title role.… He employed a wide variety of tone, from the authoritative launch of the canonical 'S'appressare gl'istanti' to the constantly changing moods of his Act III duet with Abigaille and the long scene of his conversion and the recovery of his sanity…. A masterful performance."—Opera News
"As big Verdi sopranos go today, Guleghina is the tops. She's the reigning diva."—Times Literary Supplement