In this number, Verdi avoids the thunderous opening common in Italian operas of the time, and instead begins the score quietly. The magical melody weaves a spell around the listener before building to reflect the power and confidence of the opera’s title character. Listen closely and you may even notice some familiar rhythms, reminiscent of one of Verdi’s biggest hits!
Breaking Down the Score: Attila with Maestro Enrique Mazzola
Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola stars in an original, engaging, and delightful web series centered on the twelve musical numbers of Verdi’s Attila. In each episode, Maestro Mazzola shares a personal interpretation and reading of one of the pieces, offering unique insight into one of Verdi’s early masterpieces from a conductor at the height of his craft.
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The curtain opens and a grand fanfare brings us right into the drama as the legendary warrior Attila arrives at a party of Huns. The soldiers exalt their King, praising his skills on the battlefield in this choral-heavy passage. Listen closely for the brief moment of silence just before the finale—a signature of Verdi's writing.
See how a recitative, aria, and cabaletta come together to form a scene as we are introduced to the opera’s heroine, Odabella. As the Hun’s victory celebration continues, a group of captured women are brought in, led by Odabella (daughter of the Lord of Aquileia). Proclaiming her unwavering loyalty to Italy, she impresses Attila with her courage and he, in turn, offers her one favor. She requests his sword, vowing to avenge her father’s death by killing Attila with his own weapon.
Meet the Artist
Enrique Mazzola is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s music director designate. He will become music director of the internationally acclaimed company beginning with the 2021/22 season.
Attila Highlights in Concert: Explore More with Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by
Julie and Roger Baskes
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