Fall classical: Fresh sounds, new spaces

  • by: LARRY FUCHSBERG , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2012 - 5:53 PM

'NABUCCO' Sept. 22-30 at Ordway Center Sophisticates may look down their noses, but Verdi's "Nabucco," which opens Minnesota Opera's 50th season, changed the face of Europe: Its great chorus of Hebrew slaves, "Va, pensiero," became the unofficial anthem of the nascent Italian nation (and was sung spontaneously by mourners at the composer's funeral). Designed and directed by operatic newsmaker Thaddeus Strassberger, the new production features acclaimed bass-baritone John Relyea as Zaccaria, the Hebrews' high priest; Michael Christie (above), newly installed as the company's music director, conducts.

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