Premiere: 25 May 2018, Opera Wrocławska (Poland)
Creative Team: Krystian Lada (stage director), Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski (music director), Didzis Jaunzems (set design), Natalia Kitamikado (costumes design), Maarten Warmerdam (lighting design), Kenzo Kusuda (choreography)
“Lada and his artistic team achieved their goal in creating a dystopian combination of times and aesthetics. He created a spectacle that is both brilliant and intelligent, moving and inspiring. As for a Verdi’s opera – a true revelation. In this production we wander to a completely different universe that is extremely close to our times and weaknesses. This production is cognitively and aesthetically exciting. The librettist Solera’s intellectual accents and punches seem theatrically pathetic, but – in this interpretation – they let us free ourselves from illusions. In no way are we better or wiser today, 176 years after the world premiere of the opera.”
Leszek Pułka in Teatralny.PL
“The stage director succeeded in referring to the spectacular aspects of the dictatorial regimes. The various acts were opened by extracts of propaganda films from the Nabucco’s court and the king of Babylon spoke from the top on the opera building in his first stage appearance – between pennants and flags, in the cloak and cap that looked like the one of the generalissimo Stalin. The ballet dancers saluted him with a North Korean gymnastic parade. A collection of paintings and works of art on the stage served as the Solomon’s Temple – desecrated and robbed in the first act by the Babylonian army.
Krzysztof Stefański in Ruch Muzyczny
“This was a truly amazing spectacle, full of class, director’s glamour, cinematic nerve, realised with a deep sense of taste and space. Krystian Lada with much of talent showed the timelessness of Verdi’s opera. In his Nabucco he put on stage a huge sculpture of the dictator’s head, some surprising explosions, dancers that entered the stage in a mini bus, a soloist on a bicycle. But he didn’t litter the stage with any unnecessary props – in his staging everything was needed.”
Dorota Olearczyk in PIK Wroclaw