Opera for One: Attila


Opera for One: Attila

Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreMay 27, 2020
B Reserve
Wed 27.5.20
7:30 PM
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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.

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Renato Palumbo


Davide Livermore

Revival Director

Andy Morton

Set Designer

Giò Forma

Costume Designer

Gianluca Falaschi

Lighting Designer

Antonio Castro

Video Designer




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.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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?

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