A Greek-tragedy for the ages, Attila is set to grace the stage of the Sydney Opera House for four nights only. The show, produced by Opera Australia, is rarely performed yet highly praised as one of the greatest revenge operas of all time.
Whether you’ve seen thousands of operas or have yet to see your first, Attila tells a heroic tale you don’t want to miss.
The opera begins with victorious conqueror Attila, King of the Huns, and his horde destroying the Roman city of Aquileia. But Attila is impressed by the courage of the city’s leader, Odabella, and falls in love with her.
Although her heart lies with Aquileian knight Foresto, Odabella seemingly accepts the King’s offer of marriage and also requests that he give her his sword.
In the next act, Foresto disguises himself to condemn Odabella for betraying their love. Harrowed with guilt, Odabella vows to kill their Hun enemy with his own weapon.
Will the most feared enemy of the Roman Empire fall at the hand of this avenging maiden? Or will King Attila revitalise the connection the two once shared?
Between an electrifying musical score and mesmerising vocal performance, Attila is captivating melodrama that you don’t want to miss. It will make you think, it will make you feel, and it will leave you inspired!
Written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1846, the operatic adaptation of an ultra-romantic 1809 play by the same name explores love and loss. It also presents a thinly veiled argument for Italian Independence, a theme woven deeply into the story’s plot and one guaranteed to keep audiences at the edge of their seats.
Opera Australia’s upcoming production is its third-time-lucky staging of Attila. The show was cancelled twice prior due to coronavirus lockdowns.
But as they say, third time’s the charm! Opera Australia will finally debut its production of Attila from October 29 until November 5 for four nights only. And the long-awaited production is set to take the Sydney Opera House by storm.
Our favourite highlight? The show features on-stage appearances from two live horses! These fabulous four-legged actors are sure to make Attila a unique experience that no opera-goer will ever forget.