New-to-Chicago production Attila

By Giuseppe Verdi

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 2 hours 25 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location - Lyric Opera House

There’s nothing like the thrilling energy and excitement of Verdi’s early operas. Attila, which hasn’t been seen on our stage for 20 years, demands huge, house-filling voices and powerhouse personalities for this story of the infamous “Scourge of God,” his consuming desire for power, and his final downfall. In his pursuit of conquest, Attila kills the father of Odabella, who lives only for revenge. And with the help of her beloved Foresto and the Roman general Ezio, she finally gets her wish. With vocal fireworks galore from the principals and spectacular choruses as well, Attila is a musical feast.

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November 2020

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11/15

2:00 PM

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11/18

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11/21

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11/24

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11/27

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Meet the artists

Dmitry Belosselskiy

Attila

Tamara Wilson

Odaella

Matthew Polenzani+

Foresto

Nicola Alaimo

Ezio

Enrique Mazzola

Conductor

Daniele Abbado*

Director

Gianni Carluccio*

Set/Costume Designer

Daniela Cernigliaro*

Costume Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut

+ Ryan Opera Center alumnus 

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Production sponsors

MARGOT AND JOSEF LAKONISHOK
JULIE AND ROGER BASKES

PATRICIA A. KENNEY AND GREGORY J. O'LEARY
MAZZA FOUNDATION
ROBERTA L. AND ROBERT J. WASHLOW
Production by the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Teatro Massimo de Palermo and Teatro la Fenice di Venezia.

Production photos: Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Rocco Casaluci