Nabucco Nirvana

Nabucco Nirvana

It was a masterful production of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco last week at Masada. The weeklong event at the foot of the mountain took three years to plan and cost some $7 million. But it was a chance to attract some 4,000 tourists from all over the world, including well-known fashion priestess Carla Fendi, who was in Israel for the performance, traveling the country with Da’at. With Israeli maestro Daniel Oren at work, yarmulke on his head, the significant moments included a bone-tingling audience rendition of the Hatikva national anthem and three successive versions of the Slave Chorus, as Oren wanted the audience to fully appreciate the significance of the moment. Given the Masada setting, with its history of Jewish rebellion and defiance against the Romans and the tale of Nabucco, based on the capture of biblical king Nebuchadnezzar and his exiling the Jews to Babylon, it’s no wonder that each performance was sold out.