from Part I : Jerusalem of the Italian opera Nabucco
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera
, the High Priest of the Hebrews
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: the Temple of Solomon, ancient Jerusalem
Synopsis: The Assyrian army led by Nabucco has defeated the army of the Hebrews and is now poised to enter the city and defeat the Israelites once and for all. The Hebrews fear for their lives and pray for deliverance from the coming invasion. Zaccaria revives their hope by telling them that Nabucco's daughter is their prisoner. He describes how the Lord brought them out of Egypt safely and believes that God will defeat this army with the same power and might.