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!