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Nabucco is an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera.

The original text

The libretto is based on the biblical books of 2 Kings, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Daniel, and on the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornu.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1965: Presented by PACT Opera; presented by NAPAC Opera.

1966: Presented by PACT Opera.

1968: Presented by PACT Opera.

1978: Presented by PACT Opera; presented by NAPAC Opera.

1979: Presented by CAPAB Opera.

1995: Presented by CAPAB Opera (18 January – 6 February)

2003: Presented by Cape Town Opera (5–16 June)

2005: Presented by Cape Town Opera (16–26 April)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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