Nabucco (Chris Jacklin) and Abigail (Demelza Stafford)

The cast

NabuccoChris Jacklin
AbigailDemelza Stafford
Zachariah Julian Charles Debreuil
Fenena Caroline Carragher
IsmaelRandy Nichol
High Priest of Baal Jim Petts
Adbullah Edwin Trout
Anna Julie van Haperen
Soldier Duncan Powell

Verdi's NABUCCO – 2014 production

Stage Director, Ruth Mariner; Musical Director, Ben Hamilton; Producers, Cathy Black and Felicity Merchant.

Never wanting in ambition, in 2014 Kennet Opera chose to present Verdi's first masterpiece, an opera seldom attempted by amateur companies. With outstanding singing and acting from visiting young professionals, and some glorious work for the chorus, 'Nabucco' was a triumph or, as one audience member said (unprompted) 'Better than Glyndebourne'!

From the programme:

Great and Mighty Queen

Great and Mighty Queen: during Nabucco's madness, Abigail holds court among the rejoicing Assyrians

More about this production


"It combines glorious arias, duets and trios with a seminal role for the chorus, which has fine ensemble pieces and acts as a narrative spur" — Newbury Weekly News

"I have seen enough to realise that they have gone from strength to strength; with Nabucco ranking among one of their best" — Report (PDF) from NODA, the National Operatic and Dramatic Association