“Nabucco” in Nice, France

In May 2007, Hasmik Papian has made a return to Opéra de Nice as Abigaille in Verdi’s opera “Nabucco”. She had made her debut with Opéra de Nice in this part back in 1997 and returned twice since, singing Verdi’s Requiem and Amelia in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”. This time, a new production of “Nabucco” staged by Belgian director Claire Servais was conducted by Philippe Auguin. The title role was sung by Franck Ferrari. “Nabucco” opened on May 25, followed by three more performances on May 27, 29 and 31. The premiere was greeted as “best production of the season” and earned a huge success from the audience who covered Hasmik with roses for her Abigaille at the final curtain call.