Watching a video of Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera chorus “Va pensiero” is not as good as seeing the performance live. But, it is the next best thing. And, you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
On You Tube, the most widely watched video of “Va pensiero” is the one performed by the Metropolitan Opera Company and conducted by James Levine. Certainly, the quality of the filming is well done, as is the performance itself. However, opera companies all over the world perform this chorus and inevitably, audiences always love it.
After all, every performance is unique in its own way.
The opera video above is of “Va pensiero“ taken during a performance of Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi at the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ukraine on January 29, 2009. It is conducted by Myron Yusypovych.
I am very pleased that the opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, of which I am the musical director at the Lviv National Opera Theatre will, from now on, be shown in its original full version.
“Va pensiero”, the famous Hebrew slave chorus from the third act of Nabucco has been returned to its 2000 version, as originally envisioned by the Italian stage director Giuseppe Visciglia.
For a long time, due to personnel problems this well-known and audience anticipated opera fragment had to be shown in a simplified, almost concert like format. Now, because we have a 60 member choir and 20 extras, we are able to show a complete “Va pensiero” in the opera Nabucco in its full beauty.
(Myron Yusypovych blog entry – January 29, 2009)