Bass Ildar Abdrazakov heads a stellar cast
Attila, the fearsome King of the Huns, was the protagonist of Verdi’s ninth opera, which received its first performance at La Fenice in Venice when Verdi was 33 years old, and now returns to the Liceu after a 33-year absence. The historical account was exploited as a symbol of the resistance of the Italians to the invading power: “You have armed the hatred of the oppressed with the oppressor’s weapon!”, sings Odabella, the true heroine of the opera, who ultimately kills the King of the Huns as a demonstration of victory over power.
This vibrant Verdian score is performed in the Liceu by Ildar Abdrazakov, the young Russian bass who was “discovered” by Riccardo Muti in 2004, who is joined by tenor Josep Bros, baritone Vasily Ladyuk (winner of the Francisco Viñas Singing Contest and Operalia in 2005), and the Italian dramatic soprano of the moment Anna Pirozzi.
Lyric drama in one prologue and three acts. Libretto by Temistocle Solera. World premiere: 17/03/1846, Teatro La Fenice of Venice. First staged in Barcelona: 15/05/1847, Teatre Principal. First Liceu performance: 21/09/1850. Last Liceu performance: 06/04/1984. Total Liceu performances: 29.
|6||Friday||20:00||Turn E||Fee 6|
|8||Sunday||17:00||Turn T||Fee 7|
First part 70m
Second part 45m
Approximate running time 2h 30m
Josep Bros, Ivo Stanchev, Vasily Ladyuk, Josep Fadó, Anna Pirozzi, Speranza Scappucci, Ildar Abdrazakov i Conxita Garcia (© Bofill)
Josep Fadó, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anna Pirozzi Josep Bros, Ivo Stanchev, Orquestra i Cor del Liceu (© Bofill)