Va pensiero portrays the current situation in Italy, describing today’s instability and corruption. This patriotic political allegory - its showpiece, "Va pensiero," is a chorus of the Jews in exile - is also the season's sole new production.. Washington National Opera announces 2011-12 season. It suggests a parallelism with the hopes of the Italian Risorgimento, which are contained in the music of Giuseppe Verdi (Va pensiero is known in English as the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”, contained in “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi).Va Pensiero is set in Emilia-Romagna. It's a chorus from the third act of 'Nabucco', an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Italy had long been divided into nation-states and ruled by various empires and foreign powers, including Austria and Napoleon.

"Va, pensiero" is Italian, not Spanish. “Va, pensiero” is a chorus sung by the enslaved Jews, longing for their homeland. Verdi: Nabucco / Act 3 - Chorus: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate" by Walter Hagen-Groll from the Album Verdi: Nabucco. "Va" is the conjugation of the verb "andare" (to go) in the 3rd person singular: "he goes" "Pensiero" means "thought" I don't know what the meaning of for both words together is. The full incipit is "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate", meaning "Fly, thought, on the golden wings" (note that the first word is in modern orthography spelled , with an apostrophe, but this is absent in the libretto.) In Italy, this song of the patriotic movement, like the African-American spiritual here, was the passionate expression of the commitment to the idea of … The opera with its powerful chorus established Verdi as a major composer in 19th-century Italy. Below it is the Original Opera Version By Giuseppe Verdi. Va' pensiero sull'ali dorate Attraversa le montagne e vola Sugli oceani. Verdi: Nabucco / Act 3 - Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) by Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia from the Album Verdi: Opera Choruses. Bless them all, their simple soul so pure and so wonderful. Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate Cross the mountains and fly over the oceans Reach the land, find the place where all children go Every night after listening to this lullaby, There you'll find their heroes alive, protecting their innocence. The opera with its powerful chorus established Verdi as a major composer in 19th-century Italy.

Nabucco: "Va pensiero" by Jonathan Antoine from the Album Perhaps Love Va' Pensiero.

Note: There are 2 versions of this song. Here Giuseppe Sinopoli leads the chorus of the German Opera in Berlin. In Part 3 of Nabucco, the chorus of Hebrew slaves sings the emotional chorus "Va, pensiero," one of Verdi's most beloved numbers. It recollects the period of Babylonian captivity after the loss of the First Temple in Jerusalem in c. 500 BCE. The full incipit is "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate", meaning "Fly, thought, on the golden wings" (note that the first word is in modern orthography spelled , with an apostrophe, but this is absent in the libretto.)