The Met Opera witnessed Placido Domingo and James Levine perform together almost 3,000 times put together and for the commencing of 2017 the Met Opera brought them together again to perform Verdi’s earlier opera, Nabucco. Sitting at the Richmond Curzon Cinema I felt a real buzz from frequent Met Live goers, noticing – yet again – that I was the youngest person in the cinema, which was a different story at the Met Opera – children, families, young and old seemed ecstatic to see both great legends on the Met’s stage.
— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) January 7, 2017
Many operas (such as Aida, Ernani, and even Idomeneo) are driven by the voices of its chorus ensemble and Nabucco is no exception. Levine was delighted by the Met’s talented chorus singers and the brilliant Met orchestra – who gave a beautiful performance of Verdi’s ravishing overture – that he requested an encore of the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”, which was welcomed by all audiences – those at the Met and the hundreds of cinemas being broadcasted to around the world.