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Update: 16 July 2021

We’re saddened to advise that all performances of Aida, Attila and Otello will not be going ahead this July and August due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and the NSW Government’s extended stay-at-home orders.

Each production is being postponed to a future season, so audiences will have an opportunity to see these wonderful works on stage. Ticket holders will be contacted.


Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Please note

This production contains depictions of violence and gunshots on stage.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes, including interval.

Production Partner

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.

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

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

This co-production with La Scala was a tremendous success at its Milan premiere, and had critics raving at its brief Sydney season in 2020. It’s a “blockbuster spectacle” (Financial Times), with four vivid characters, two horses and plenty of crowd scenes.

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. Alexander Vinogradov is Attila, opposite Natalie Aroyan singing her critically acclaimed Odabella. Marco Vratogna performs as the Roman General, Ezio. Diego Torre is magnificent as Odabella’s lover Foresto.

Cast & Creative

Revival Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Digital Content Designer
Pope Leo I

Opera Australia Orchestra & 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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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 themed three-course menu for just $75.

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Keeping you safe at the theatre

COVID Safety at Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House and its food and beverage venues are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the Opera House has made some changes to the way it operates.

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Attila at Sydney Opera House (2020)

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Attila at Sydney Opera House (2020)

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Attila at Sydney Opera House (2020)

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Attila at Sydney Opera House (2020)

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Attila at Sydney Opera House (2020)

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Attila at Sydney Opera House (2020)

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Information about the content of this production

Opera is larger than life, and there are some themes and content in life, and in art, that can be challenging to engage with. We want to give you the information that you need to help decide whether a production is right for you and your family.

This production of Attila contains violence.

There’s more information, but it contains spoilers.

If you’d like more information about what to expect or have specific questions about a production, email us at or call 02 9685 3700. For more information about going to the opera, check out our ultimate guide.

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