Jun 09, 2022 - Sale 2608

Sale 2608 - Lot 152

Price Realized: $ 3,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500


Group of 8 scenic designs for Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco."

Designs include Temples of Solomon and Babylonia, courtyards, palace interiors, among others. Nabucco, with music by Verdi set to a libreto by Temistocle Solera, was performed at La Scala, Milan on March 9, 1842 in four acts and seven scenes. Watercolor, graphite, and ink. Initialed "C.M. into" [invento] in lower left, captioned in lower margins, and number inked in upper right. General sheet size 223x295 mm; 8 3/4x11 3/4 inches. Tipped to early window mattes.
Metrodoro Conti was a set designer and theater manager for the Teatro Petrarca in Arezzo, Tuscany in the 1830s to the 1860s. He was a contemporary of Pietro Bertoja, who also created stage designs for Verdi.
Nabucco is considered to be Verdi's first commercially successful opera.