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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.

Please note

This production contains controlled pyrotechnics effects, gun violence, violence against women and themes of war.

The King of the Huns meets his match.

No one can stand before Attila and his hordes, until a warrior woman turns his head. As he opens his heart to his prisoner Odabella, the barbarian king reveals his weakness.

The scene is set for one of the great revenge operas of the 19th century: an early Verdi in the vein of Aida.

In the prelude, a mournful cello draws you down into the gravity and turmoil of war. Verdi’s score is full of darkness, rhythm and life, displaying the composer’s gift for creating emotion.

This co-production with La Scala was a tremendous success at its Milan premiere. It’s a “blockbuster spectacle” (Financial Times), with four vivid characters, two live horses and plenty of crowd scenes.

Director Davide Livermore fuses video projections with colossal set pieces to create an awe-inspiring world for Attila.

Taras Berezhansky to perform as Attila. Natalie Aroyan is Odabella with Diego Torre as Odabella’s lover Foresto. Michael Honeyman performs as the Roman General, Ezio.

A Co-Production between Opera Australia and the Teatro alla Scala.

Cast & Creative

Revival Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Video Designer
Pope Leo I

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Children’s Chorus

Cheat Sheet: Attila

Everything you need to know about Verdi's historic epic (for starters, yes, it is about the Hun).

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Overture Dining at the Sydney Opera House

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a three-course menu for just $97.

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Information about the content of this production

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This production of Attila contains violence.

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