Verdi's Attila at the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg
Valery Gergiev Conducts
With this lavish production, the Mariinsky Theater makes a case for Giuseppe Verdi's little-known opera Attila. The title character in the composer's ninth stage work is a Hun king of the Middle Ages who falls in love with his enemy's daughter during his conquest in Italy. The opera has been interpreted by contemporaries as a commentary on the Italian independence movement. Bassist Ildar Abdrazakov, who has had great success with the role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, shines as the male lead. The performance is conducted by Valery Gergiev, who has helped the Mariinsky Theater achieve a new world renown as its artistic director since 1988.
- Timur Abdikeyev (Bass), Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass), Mikhail Makarov (Tenor), Anna Markarova (Soprano), Sergey Skorokhodov (Tenor), Vladislav Sulimsky (Baritone)
- Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra
- Valery Gergiev