La Scala


In Cinemas 1, 2, 3 & 6 Feb 2019
Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila), Saioa Hernandez (Odabella), George Petean (Ezio), Fabio Sartori (Foresto)
Giuseppe Verdi
Davide Livermore
Set Design
Giò Forma & Davide Livermore
Approx.2h20 incl. interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 7 Dec 2018
Official Event Listing
  • Rarely can there have been such an instant love affair between a soprano and this audience... The La Scala chorus on their usual powerful form and four soloists at the top of their game, here was a musical performance to savour. I loved every minute.
    David Karlin, BACHTRACK
    A first-rate spectacle. Transplanted to a 20th-century dystopia, the opera packs a punch: as ever, a vehicle for rabble-rousing patriotism.

New Production! For the fourth consecutive year, Palace Opera Ballet is proud to present La Scala’s season opening gala, one of Europe’s most anticipated cultural events. 

This year, maestro Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore present a new staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s vibrant and enthralling ninth opera of love, hate and revenge. Based on a play by Zacharias Werner - Attila, King of the Huns - the opera, first staged at La Fenice in 1846, tells the story of the ruthless king and his invasion of Italy in the mid-fifth-century. 

For this big budget production, the always innovative Mr. Livermore and his collaborators at Studio Giò Forma and video designers D-Wok, balance visual elegance and technological wizardry, transposing the action to a “dystopian” version of the 1900s, demonstrating that Verdi’s portrayal of Italian affairs is timeless. 

Leading the outstanding cast is brilliant Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, fatefully falling for Odabella (exciting Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez) the daughter of a vanquished leader. Romanian baritone George Petean sings Ezio, Attila’s rival in politics, and Italian tenor Fabio Sartori as Foresto, Odabella's beloved.

Warmly received with a 14-minute standing ovation at the final curtain, this is a performance and an event not to be missed!


La Scala

Milan's famous Teatro alla Scala was inaugurated on 3 August 1778. Apart from its sheer beauty and size, La Scala's acoustics are said to be perfect. One of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, the venue is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra, as well as the La Scala Theatre Academy.

See more productions from: La Scala & All'Opera Italiana