Meanwhile, coming next weekend, everybody’s favorite piece of early-Verdi blood-and-guts that many Americans haven’t heard. The burning question: how will they handle the (obligatory, traditional) repeat of “Va, pensiero?” In Sunday’s paper I wrote some of my thoughts about the opera, and some of the thoughts of Thaddeus Strassberger, who is directing its first-ever WNO production, opening Saturday night.

Above: The chorus of the Hebrew slaves in “Nabucco” (here from the Metropolitan Opera production in 2002) is the opera’s highlight, and traditionally encored. Thaddeus Strassberger says he has “something up his sleeve” for the new WNO production.