Nabucco (includes Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Va Pensiero)
Giuseppe Verdi

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The third most popular opera in the Ultimate Hall of Fame and the highest of Verdi's 5 entries.

Nabucco is the opera that brought Verdi back from the brink. He had been ready to give up composing for good. It was by no means solely the critical failure of his previous opera, Un giorno di regno, that was responsible, either. After all, Verdi had endured the worst of times not long before. As well as the death of both his children, he had lost his wife.

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