Opera Australia presents Attila
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.
2hrs 20min (inc interval)
Recommended 12+ years. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.