Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

We’ve cancelled all performances of Attila at Arts Centre Melbourne due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. If you have tickets to a cancelled performance, you'll receive an email with details about how to refund or exchange your tickets.

Updated Thursday 19 March.

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. It’s a “blockbuster spectacle” (Financial Times), with four vivid characters, two real 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.

Renato Palumbo, a Verdi specialist, is the ideal conductor to showcase all the colours of this work. Taras Berezhansky is Attila opposite Anna Pirozzi as Odabella.

Dine before the opera at Arts Centre Melbourne

A couple dines at Arts Centre Melbourne before the operaLet us make it easy for you with pre-performance dining at Café Vic at Arts Centre Melbourne. You'll be served a themed set menu, including matched wine. View the menu.

Simply add the dining option to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, sign in to your account to add dinner to your existing booking or call 03 9685 3700.

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Renato Palumbo


Davide Livermore

Revival Director

Andy Morton

Set Designer

Giò Forma

Costume Designer

Gianluca Falaschi

Lighting Designer

Antonio Castro

Digital Content Designer


Fight Choreographer Troy Honeysett


Taras Berezhansky

Anna Pirozzi


Giuseppe Gipali


Vladimir Stoyanov


Virgilio Marino

Pope Leo I

Gennadi Dubinsky

Opera Australia Chorus

Orchestra Victoria

Please note: this production contains some violence.

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes, including one interval.

Co-production by Teatro alla Scala and Opera Australia.

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Attila, King of the Huns, is invading Italy as he conquers Europe.

Ezio, a Roman General, is determined to stop him. He offers Italy’s empires in exchange for his country’s freedom. Attila will not negotiate, declaring he will have Italy anyway.

Ezio plots Attila’s downfall with Foresto, a young knight whose fiancée, Odabella, is among Attila’s slaves.

But Odabella already has a plan to kill the King. He is transfixed by her beauty and courage, and has foolishly given her his sword.

In this race for vengeance, who will have the final say?

Allow us to make your dinner reservation before evening performances: 6pm at Café Vic at Arts Centre Melbourne. You'll be served a themed three-course set menu for just $90, including matched wines.

Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.

Goat cheese tart with figs and shallots served with green tomato relish and roasted sesame dressing

Grilled salmon with fresh pea shoots, hot chorizo, baby leek mash and green pepper butter
+ a glass of Chardonnay

Almond and hazelnut cake with layers of cream served with vanilla bean ice cream
+ filtered coffee or tea

Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, please send us an email after booking.

Published menu is subject to change without notice. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. This menu is only available before performances of Attila.

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This production of Attila contains some violence.

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