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Nabucco screens Saturday, January 7

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A scene from Verdi's 'Nabucco'.
Placido Domingo sings the title role in Verdi's 'Nabucco'.

Verdi's Nabucco will be on screen next Saturday, January 7. Placido Domingo stars in a new Met role, the title king in Nabucco, (Nebuchadnezzar), conducted by Met music director emeritus, James Levine.

The Met: Live in HD performance will be transmitted live to Carib 5, at

12:55 p.m. The running time will be approximately two hours and 44 minutes, with one intermission.

The opera also stars Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, and Dmitry Belosselskiy

Nabucco, which returned to the Met stage in New York on December 12, marks the continuation of a long-standing artistic collaboration between Met music director emeritus, James Levine, and renowned Spanish singer Placido Domingo, dubbed The King of Opera. They have worked together many times over the past four decades, but this is the first time that the pair has worked together on Nabucco.

Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Nabucco's alleged daughter, the ambitious Abigaille, who is determined to seize control of the Babylonian empire. The cast also includes Jamie Barton as Fenena, Nabucco's heroic daughter; Russell Thomass as Ismaele, nephew to the King of Jerusalem; and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the high priest of the Jews, Zaccaria, in Elijah Moshinsky's production.

James Levine conducted Nabucco during the 2000-01, 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons, leading a total of 18 Met performances of Verdi's early work. Over the course of his career, Levine has conducted more than 2,500 performances, with the company in a broad-ranging repertory that includes 16 Verdi operas. These range from early works like Nabucco, Ernani, I Lombardi, Macbeth and Luisa Miller to the late masterpieces Otello and Falstaff, both of which he has conducted a record numbers of times at the Met.

He served as the company's music director from 1976 to 2016 and retired at the end of last season to become the Met's first music director emeritus. Later this season, Levine will conduct a revival of Mozart's Idomeneo.

Placido Domingo makes his Met role debut as Nabucco, a role he has also sung at the Vienna State Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. After making his company debut in 1966 as Maurizio in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, he has sung 678 performances to date, in addition to conducting over 150 performances with the company.

In recent seasons, Domingo has moved into the baritone repertory, performing such roles as Don Carlo in Verdi's Ernani, Neptune in the baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, and the title role of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Later this season, he will reprise Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, in addition to conducting performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the company.

The January 7 matinee performance of Nabucco will be transmitted worldwide as part of the 11th season of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 cinemas in 70 countries around the world, including Jamaica. Tickets are available at the Carib 5's box office, or online at www.palace with a Palace Card or any major credit card.