Allowing a Warhorse to Enjoy Free Rein
By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 16 Feb 05]
There is an honesty to Elijah Moshinsky’s four-year-old production of Verdi’s “Nabucco,” which returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night. No excuses are made for the opera’s creaky theatrical state, no attempts to bring up-to-date relevance to what became a symbol of revolution and national unity for Italians 160 years ago.
Mr. Moshinsky does not shrink from the melodramatic gesture, shuffling chorus movement or stand-and-deliver set piece. He realizes, I think, that “Nabucco” will never be modern theater and lets it continue its ride into posterity on the back of Verdi’s music and its astonishing reserves of energy.
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