Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
At the direction of the government, we’ve cancelled performances of Carmen, Attila and Great Opera Hits at the Sydney Opera House from 16–28 March 2020.
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Updated Sunday 15 March 2020
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 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. Taras Berezhansky is Attila, opposite Natalie Aroyan as Odabella. Simone Piazzola performs as the Roman General, Ezio. Diego Torre debuts another Verdi tenor role as Odabella’s lover Foresto.
|Assistant Director||Andy Morton|
Digital Content Designer
|Fight Choreographer||Troy Honeysett|
Pope Leo I
Please note: this production contains some violence.
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 15 minutes, including one interval.
Co-production by Teatro alla Scala and Opera Australia.
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?
Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 90 minutes before your performance begins at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $72, including a glass of Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco on arrival. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.
A glass of NV Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco
Warm bread roll, pepe saya butter (gluten free available)
Salmon ceviche with raw daikon, pickled kohlrabi, shiso and rice crackers GF, DF
Calabrese salad, heirloom tomato, almond ricotta, confit shallot vinaigrette, olives and basil DF, GF, VG
Roasted chicken supreme, butternut pumpkin, roasted pepita crumble and burnt butter GF
Spiced cauliflower, crushed roasted eggplant and tomato, cumin and green grape, chilli chutney V, GF
Young leaves and watercress with lemon vinaigrette GF, DF, V
Dulce de leche centred chocolate fondant with spiced whipped cream V
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This production of Attila contains some violence.
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