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Attila

Verdi

Attila

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseMarch 12 – 28, 2020
Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreMay 25 – 30, 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.


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Conductor Andrea Licata

Director

Davide Livermore

Rehearsal Director

Alessandra Premoli

Set Designer

Giò Forma

Costume Designer

Gianluca Falaschi

Lighting Designer

Antonio Castro

Video Designer

D-Wok

   

Attila

Taras Berezhansky

Odabella

Natalie Aroyan

Foresto

Diego Torre

Ezio

Simone Piazzola

Uldino

Virgilio Marino

Pope Leo I

Gennadi Dubinsky

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra


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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