Giuseppe Verdi established his long career with his Biblical opera Nabucco, which is inspired by the story of Nebuchadnezzar. In Verdi's version, Nabucco has two daughters, Fenena and Abigaile. The former is currently a hostage of the Israealites, who have taken her captive in a last-ditch effort to stop Nabucco from razing their city, Jerusalem. Fenena feels safe there because of the presence of Ismaele, who formerly visited her home as an ambassador, when the two fell in love. Unfortunately Abigaille also loves Ismaele, and arrives to tell him that if he chooses her, she will do what she can to stop her father from killing the Israelites. Abigaille's future plans involve overthrowing her father and setting herself on the throne. When Nebucco audaciously proclaims himself a god he is felled by insanity, a curse bestowed upon him by the Israelites' god — and things only get worse for the Babylonians when Abigaille takes over. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its matinee performance of Nabucco with Placido Domingo in the title role live to theaters across the country today at 11:55 a.m. You can see it locally at the AMC Esquire 7 (6706 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $19.95 to $23.89.