Antonello Madau Diaz's Nabucco was staged at the NNTT in our first season in 1998 and was revived in 2001, which marked the 100th year since Verdi's death. In 2013 we will present a new production, in what will be the first staging of Nabucco by the NNTT in 12 years. Verdi composed a total of 26 operas. His third, Nabucco, was a major success and the one that launched him to prominence. We are pleased to present it in tribute to the composer, on the bicentenary of his birth. The score features a magnificent choral piece that is among the best known in all of opera, and considered Italy's unofficial national anthem: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate / Fly, thought, on wings of gold." The production will feature a cast of soloists from Japan and overseas, and our very own fine New National Theatre Chorus. On the podium will be Paolo Carignani, making his long-anticipated debut as an opera conductor here at the NNTT. Artistic Director Otaka Tadaaki saw Mr. Carignani's talents on display with the Vienna Philharmonic, and said it was an awe-inspiring performance. Mr. Carignani has earned himself many fans through his work as a guest conductor for orchestral programs in Japan, and we're hoping this production of Nabucco may turn some of these orchestra fans onto opera as well. This new production is the work of English opera director Graham Vick. Mr. Vick's Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) played at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in 1996, and his production of Otello played at the Teatro alla Scala in 2003. Graham Vick's visionary productions have been performed at some of the world's most prestigious opera houses and music festivals, and anticipation is high to see what his newest production has in store.