King for a Day
, in 1840. Depressed after the deaths of his wife and children, the Italian composer was ready to give up writing when he bumped into Bartolomeo Merelli. The La Scala impresario was flush with excitement about a new libretto and talked Verdi into taking a look; inspiration struck when he opened the pages to “Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate”
(“Go, thoughts, on wings of gold”). The emotional chorus sung by Hebrew slaves has gone on to become a favorite of operagoers, and The Metropolitan Opera chorus gave it their all this season with Plácido Domingo as the title character. The cameras were rolling, and now we can see the glory on the big screen with The Met: Live in HD’s summer encore of Nabucco
7 p.m. July 12. Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Mall. Price varies by location; visit fathomevents.com
for list of participating venues. $10.50 to $12.50.
Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Verdi’s early drama of ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Plácido Domingo adding a new role to his Met repertoire as the title character. Soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska gives a tour-de-force role performances as Abigaille, Nabucco’s willful daughter, while the acclaimed Met Chorus delivers a moving performance of the iconic “Va, pensiero.”
Giuseppe Verdi received the equivalent of a “thumbs down” when he premiered his second opera,