Artistic Director James Harp| Based on the Biblical story and the play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornu Verdi's induction into immortality was through this glorious opera, a celebration of spirit, sacrifice and faith. Nabucco, King of Babylon (King Nebuchadnezzar) has enslaved and oppressed the Hebrews, but his presumed daughter, Abigaille, has fallen in love with the Jewish Ismaele, and secretly works for their freedom. Nabucco's pride leads to his downfall, when he proclaims himself God and is struck by lightning. This beautiful opera, containing the beloved chorus "Va, Pensiero" ends as Abigaille and Nabucco recognize the Hebrew God as the one true God. Acclaimed American baritone Michael Chioldi will star in the title role, with virtuoso bel canto soprano Francesca Mondanaro as Abigaille. Oren Gradus will make his Baltimore debut as Zaccaria, the Jewish High Priest. James Meena will conduct The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a new production, with an opulent and traditional concept, designed and directed by Bernard Uzan.