This 1842 number by Giuseppe Verdi
is a four act opera, set to a libretto by Temistocle Solera, and based on the biblical account
of the exile of the Jews into slavery by the King of Babylon, Nabucco
, better known in English as Nebuchadnezzar.
This opera contains examples of
- Antagonist Title
- Badass Baritone: Both Nabucco and Zaccaria qualify, even if the latter is a bass.
- Badass Preacher: Zaccaria, the Jewish High Priest, who isn't above taking up a weapon and openly defies Nabucco even while in captivity.
- Blasphemous Boast: 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. It doesn't end well.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Nabucco declares himself the one true god and is promptly driven mad by phantoms.
- BSOD Song: Nabucco's desperate Dio di Giuda!...l'ara, il tempio.
- Cain and Abel: Ambitious (and therefore evil) Abigaille and the younger Fenena, albeit Not Blood Siblings.
- Converting for Love: Nabucco's younger daughter Fenena, who falls in love with Ismaele and converts to Judaism.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Abigaille
- Determinator: Zaccaria. No matter what Nabucco does to him and the Jews, he never gives up.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Eventually, Abigaille, who proves herself to be even more ruthless than her father.
- Gratuitous Use Of The Tallit: Many stagings.
- Heel-Faith Turn: Fenena, though she was never really evil to begin with. Also, by Act IV, Nabucco himself.
- High Priest
- Human Sacrifice: Fenena is threatened with sacrifice to Baal for converting to Judaism.
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: The grand sextet in the end of Act 1.
- Papa Wolf: Nabucco himself, at least where Fenena is concerned. In the opening scene, he threatens to wipe out the entire Hebrew race should his captive daughter come to harm, and later, this is the trait which drives his Heel-Faith Turn.
- Please Spare Her, My Liege!
- Reality Subtext: 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.
- Religion of Evil: The cult of Baal. Kind of Justified by the Human Sacrifice....
- Silence, You Fool!
- Sinister Minister: The High Priest of Baal.
- The Usurper: Abigaille eventually usurps her father's throne, which he intended to pass to the younger Fenena.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Abigaille wants Ismaele, and If She Can't Have Him...
- Where Is Your X Now?: Nabucco gives the standard example during his Evil Gloating.