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Babylon in Biblical Times. In battle, the people of Israel are defeated by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, known as Nabucco. He enslaved the Hebrews and mocked their faith. When Nabucco's favorite daughter Fenena not only shows solidarity with the Israelites out of love for the Jewish Prince Ismaele, but even accepts their faith, her older sister Abigaille senses the chance of a palace revolt. She wants revenge on her hated sister and on the prince whom Abigaille also desires. Full of arrogance, Nabucco rises to the god to be worshiped for all eternity. Lightning strikes the palace, the megalomaniac king falls mentally deranged, and the power-obsessed Abigaille reaches for the crown. Nobody but Nabucco knows that Abigaille is of ignoble descent - and so the supposed princess is preparing to cover up all traces of her story. In a real retribution, Abigaille wants to destroy her family and the entire Israeli people. The Hebrews have nothing but hope ... "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate - climb, thought, on golden wings ..." - the famous prisoners' choir, which made Giuseppe Verdi world famous overnight, sings precisely about this inviolable hope of the people of Israel. In powerful images and memorable melodies, the still young genius of Italian opera tells this moving story of despair and hope, megalomania, hatred, retribution, sibling quarrels, excessive love and unshakable faith. Despite all the political background, Verdi in “Nabucco” primarily devotes himself to the detailed character drawings of his characters and their archetypal relationships to one another. With King Nabucco he designs the fascinating portrait of a power-obsessed man who rises high, falls colossally and is finally purified. With Abigaille, eaten up by ambition, Verdi begins his long series of tragically torn female figures who fail in themselves and in life. The St. Margarethen quarry with its bitter gorges and gentle hills offers the ideal setting for this dramatic story of truly biblical proportions.