Making of Opera: Nabucco - Set Design


Go behind the scenes with the Washington National Opera and discover what it takes to bring an opera to life! Watch as Director of Artistic Operations Christina Scheppelmann and Director and Set Designer Thaddeus Strassberger creates the world of Nabucco, Verdi's Italian masterpiece. In this stunning production, the epic struggle of the Jews suppressed by Babylon's King Nabucco is echoed in Italy's nationalist conflict with Austria at the time Verdi created the opera. This landmark work is filled with grand and gorgeous music, including one of opera's most famous choruses, "Va, pensiero," adopted as Italy's unofficial national anthem. Franco Vassallo as Nabucco Csilla Boross as Abigaille Burak Bilgili as Zaccaria Sean Panikkar as Ismaele Géraldine Chauvet as Fenena Washington National Opera Orchestra Washington National Opera Chorus Visit the Kennedy Center website for more info ( and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (

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