Attila Opera

Posted : admin On 1/25/2022

Verdi's Atilla dates from what the composer dismissively called his 'galley period'; nonetheless, like so many of his early works, the opera is interesting both in its own right and as an early indication of Verdi's mature style. Atilla is marked by a steady and rousing energy. While many moments lack elegance, there are also elements of more subtle beauty; the heroine's 'Liberamente or piangi' is outstanding, and the 'Rome' ensemble is powerful enough to stand with those in Verdi's later works. Odabella's fiery aria and cabaletta in which she determines to kill Attila with his own sword, Foresto's aria lamenting her capture by the Huns, and Attila's own aria describing a vision of an old man barring him from Rome also demonstrate a strong creativity and musical power. While Ezio's music is rather pedestrian, it can be dramatic and effective in the care of the right singer.

The opera is very loosely based on the story of Attila the Hun, and depicts his death at the hands of Odabella, an enemy woman with whom he had fallen in love. Nearly all of the characters, with the exception of the rather bland tenor role, Foresto, present a challenging mix of contradictions. Odabella is bloodthirsty, yet feminine and vulnerable; Attila is a mix of cruelty and generosity; Ezio, the Roman general, is both treacherous and deeply patriotic. Attila's death arouses a mixture of feelings, a sympathy for the treachery surrounding his death, and at the same time a sharing in the sense of victory his demise brings to Odabella, Ezio, and Foresto.

Opera Guiseppe Verdi Attila HD. Attila is an opera in which the unexpected happens. A primitive and elemental world. History teaches us that Attila the Hun was a fearsome military leader, a ruthless and organised conqueror, the ‘scourge of God!’ Yet, in this opera, Attila is prey to wild dreams and victim of a priest in a white robe.

This DVD release, taken from an RAI telecast, documents a 1991 La Scala performance of Verdi’s 1846 opera, based on the life of Attila the Hun. I’ve always felt that early Verdi is one of Riccardo Muti’s greatest strengths.


  1. Overture
  2. No. 2, Urli, rapine, gemiti, sangue
  3. No. 3, Eroi, levatevi
  4. No. 4a, Di vergini staniere
  5. No. 4b, Santo di patria indefinito amor!
  6. No. 5, Allor che i forti corrono
  7. No. 6, Da te questo or m'è concesso
  8. No. 7, Uldino, a me dinanzi l'inviato
  9. No. 8, Attila!... Oh, il nobil messo!
  10. No. 9, Tardo per gli anni, e tremulo
  11. No. 10, Vanitosi!
  12. No. 11, Qual notte!
  13. No. 12, L'altio del mattin... Preghiam!
  14. No. 13, Qual voci!
  15. No. 14, Ella in poter del barbaro!
  16. No. 15, Cara patria
  17. No. 16a, Liberamente or piangi
  18. No. 16b, Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo
  19. No. 17, Qual suon di passi!
  20. No. 18a, Va! Racconta al sacrilego
  21. No. 18b, Va! Racconta al sacrilego
  22. No. 18c, Oh! t'inebria nell'amplesso
  23. No. 19a, Uldino! Uldin!
  24. No. 19b, Mentre gonfiarsi l'anima
  25. No. 19c, Oltre a quel limite t'attendo
  26. No. 20, Parla, imponi
  27. No. 21, No!... non è sogno
  28. No. 22a, Tregua è cogl'Unni
  29. No. 22b, Dagl'immortali vertici
  30. No. 22c, Che vien?... Salute ad Ezio
  31. No. 22d, È gettata la mie sorte
  32. No. 23a, Del ciel l'immensa vôlta
  33. No. 23b, Ezio, ben vieni!
  34. No. 23c, Chi dona luce al cor?
  35. No. 23d, Oh, miei prodi!
  36. No. 24, Qui del convengo è il loco
  37. No. 25, Che non avrebbe il misero
  38. No. 26, Che piu s'indugia
  39. No. 27, Cessa, seh, cessa
  40. No. 28, Te sol, te sol quest'anima
  41. No. 29, Non involarti, seguimi
  42. No. 30a, Tu, rea donna
  43. No. 30b, Nella tenda

Appears On

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Attila Opera Youtube

YearTitle / PerformerLabel / Catalog #AllMusic Rating
Lamberto Gardelli / Ruggero Raimondi
Various Artists
Leyla Gencer / Jerome Hines / Alfredo Silipigni
MDCD 0014
Riccardo Muti / Samuel Ramey / Cheryl Studer / Giorgio Zancanaro
Lamberto Gardelli / Ruggero Raimondi
Lamberto Gardelli / Ruggero Raimondi
Boris Christoff / Margherita Roberti
Nicolai Ghiaurov / Giuseppe Patanè
Riccardo Muti / Samuel Ramey / Cheryl Studer / Giorgio Zancanaro
On Stage!
Foyer Records
Myto Records
Golden Age of Opera

Attila Opera House

Femme fatale
In the opera: Attila is smitten with Odabella, a captured warrior woman from the conquered city of Aquileia. He presents her with his sword and she appears to accept his offer of marriage. In Act Three, when he finds his wife-to-be with a Roman general who’s her real beloved, Attila realizes—too late—that he’s been betrayed.

Attila Cast

In history: In 450 A.D., Attila received a plea for help from Princess Honoria, sister of the Western Roman Emperor Valentinian III. She was in an unhappy engagement and sent a messenger to the Hun with a promise of gold and a ring if he would intervene on her behalf. Attila wrongly interpreted this as a marriage proposal and accepted it, as well as half of the Western Empire as her dowry. Honoria did not want to marry Attila, and ultimately married her original beau. Attila responded to this rejection like any spurned lover would and marched on France.

Attila Opera Wiki

There’s no place like Rome
In the opera: As prophecies tend to do in opera, this one came true. Attila is betrayed by his new lover as Roman troops march on the Hun army, thus ending the brutal rule of Attila the Hun.
In history: Legend has it that St. Peter and St. Paul themselves appeared to Attila and threatened him into settling a deal with Pope Leo I. In reality, a famine had just swept the peninsula and it likely would have been prohibitively expensive to continue the onslaught.