Twice-postponed ATTILA returns to the Sydney Opera House
Opera Australia is bringing back Verdi’s Attila, the company’s first co-production with the prestigious Teatro alla Scala, after the COVID pandemic suspended its hugely successful 2020 premiere after just two performances and its 2021 broadcast days before opening.
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of OA:
We had wonderful feedback when Attila opened in 2020 and we’ve had rescheduling requests since, so I’m delighted we can present it again at the Sydney Opera House with most of the original cast and allow more people to experience such a wonderful production.
Known for his work with Opera Australia’s innovative digital productions, acclaimed director Davide Livermore merges modern and traditional staging for Attila with digital projections, a colossal set and even two live horses.
Incredible direction, terrific sets by Giò Forma, captivating video designs by D-Wok and superb costumes by Gianluca Falaschi combine with the haunting music and captivating story by Verdi to ensure that this production of Attila is simply epic and not to be missed.
Telling the story of the King of the Huns’ invasion of Italy, this revenge opera will feature a world-class cast, including famed bass Taras Berezhansky who will reprise his role as the barbarian Attila.
Firm and focused throughout his range, Berezhansky’s attractive dark-hued timbre and resounding strength captured Attila’s commanding authority and arrogant certainty.
Opera Australia favorites soprano Natalie Aroyan and tenor Diego Torre will also reprise their respective roles as warrior princess Odabella and her fiancé Foresto. After successfully starring as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with Opera Australia earlier this year, Mario Cassi joins the cast as the determined Roman General Ezio.
OA lead vocalist Virgilio Marino will reprise his role as Breton slave Uldino, while OA regular lead bass Richard Anderson joins the cast as Pope Leo
One of the most remarkable young conductors in the world today, Italian maestro Andrea Battistoni will lead the Opera Australia Orchestra, Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia Children’s Chorus in Verdi’s rarely performed work.
The success of this “blockbuster show” (Financial Times, 2018) led OA to a second collaboration with Teatro alla Scala, featuring Verdi’s Ernani, seldom performed in Australia in 2021, which received a 2022 Green Room Award for Best achievement as well as several other nominations.
Venue: Joan Sutherland Theater | Sydney opera
Date: October 29 – November 5, 2022
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