This 1842 number by GiuseppeVerdi is a four act opera, set to a libretto by Temistocle Solera, and based on the [[Literature/TheBible biblical account]] of the exile of the Jews into slavery by the King of Babylon, [[CharacterTitle Nabucco]], better known in English as Nebuchadnezzar.

!! This opera contains examples of

* AntagonistTitle
* BadassBaritone: Both Nabucco and Zaccaria qualify, even if the latter is a bass.
* BadassPreacher: Zaccaria, the Jewish High Priest, who isn't above taking up a weapon and openly defies Nabucco even while in captivity.
* BlasphemousBoast: In Act II, Nabucco declares that he has surpassed both Baal and Jehovah, and demands that he be worshipped as a God, going so far as force his own daughter to prostrate herself. [[BoltOfDivineRetribution It doesn't end well]].
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Nabucco declares himself the one true god and is promptly driven mad by phantoms.
* BSODSong: Nabucco's desperate ''Dio di Giuda!...l'ara, il tempio''.
* CainAndAbel: Ambitious ([[AmbitionIsEvil and therefore evil]]) Abigaille and the younger Fenena, albeit NotBloodSiblings.
* ConvertingForLove: Nabucco's younger daughter Fenena, who falls in love with Ismaele and converts to Judaism.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Abigaille
* {{Determinator}}: Zaccaria. No matter what Nabucco does to him and the Jews, he ''never'' gives up.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Genocidal warlord he may be, but when Nabucco learns that Abigaille intends to have his daughter Fenena executed, he pleads for her life, declaring she may have his throne and his kingdom, if she only spares Fenena.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Eventually, Abigaille, who proves herself to be even more ruthless than her father.
* GratuitousUseOfTheTallit: Many stagings.
* HeelFaithTurn: Fenena, though she was never really evil to begin with. Also, by Act IV, [[spoiler: Nabucco himself]].
* HighPriest
* HumanSacrifice: Fenena is threatened with sacrifice to Baal for converting to Judaism.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: The grand sextet in the end of Act 1.
* PapaWolf: Nabucco himself, at least where Fenena is concerned. In the opening scene, he threatens to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge wipe out the entire Hebrew race]] should his captive daughter come to harm, and later, this is the trait which drives his [[spoiler:HeelFaithTurn]].
* [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege Please Spare Her, My Liege!]]
* RealitySubtext: The ''Risorgimento'' being in full swing at the time, the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves is often interpreted as an expression of longing for Italian unity.
* ReligionOfEvil: The cult of Baal. Kind of Justified by the HumanSacrifice....
* SilenceYouFool
* SinisterMinister: The High Priest of Baal.
* TheUsurper: Abigaille eventually usurps her father's throne, which he intended to pass to the younger Fenena.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Abigaille wants Ismaele, and [[IfICantHaveYou If She Can't Have Him...]]
* WhereIsYourXNow: Nabucco gives the standard example during his EvilGloating.