In this work, which is rarely performed in France, Verdi presents a powerful opera full of musical ambition and dramatic intent.
Daniele Rustioni © Marco Cambiaghi
Erwin Schrott © Uli Weber
Erwin Schrott Attila
Alexey Markov Ezio
Tatiana Serjan Odabella
Massimo Giordano Foresto
Grégoire Mour Uldiro
Paolo Stupenengo Leone
Daniele Rustioni direction
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra National de Lyon
The name Attila instantly conjures up images of military escapades and the cruelty of a bloodthirsty king leading his barbarian hordes right across Europe. It is easy to imagine the appeal of the theme for a young Verdi, as it lends itself to a highly flamboyant orchestral approach. The work is rarely performed and little recorded, yet it is very beautiful, exudes the musician’s political aspirations and is a perfect companion piece to his contemporaneous work Ernani. The score rises to the challenge with its striking, grandiose effects, the power of its choruses and the sovereign status of its title role. Uruguayan bass-baryton Erwin Schrott has the volume and intensity required for this demanding role. This Attila, which conveys the composer’s patriotism, is a highly passionate work which we would urge you to revisit as a matter of urgency.
Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Opéra National de Lyon
Sung in Italian with French subtitles