San Francisco Opera
Attila by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
Sung in Italian
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission
The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But to Giuseppe Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. The intense, conflicted anti-hero comes vividly alive in this “vibrant and engrossing musical drama” (The New York Times).
Music Director Nicola Luisotti, a “superb Verdi conductor” (Sunday Times, London), leads a world-class cast featuring bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, whose “strong, dark, textured voice filled Verdi’s lines with burnished sound and arching lyricism” (The New York Times), in the title role; exciting young Venezuelan soprano Lucrecia Garcia and “brilliant…magnificent” baritone Quinn Kelsey (San Francisco Chronicle). Legendary bass Samuel Ramey, whose “superb” performance (San Francisco Chronicle) in the title role of the Company’s 2008 Boris Godunov won him critical praise, returns as Pope Leo I.
ATTILA – FERRUCCIO FURLANETTO
ODABELLA – LUCRECIA GARCIA *
FORESTO – DIEGO TORRE *
EZIO – QUINN KELSEY
ULDINO – NATHANIEL PEAKE *
POPE LEO I – SAMUEL RAMEY
CONDUCTOR – NICOLA LUISOTTI
DIRECTOR – GABRIELE LAVIA
SET DESIGNER – ALESSANDRO CAMERA
COSTUME DESIGNER – ANDREA VIOTTI
LIGHTING DESIGNER – CHRISTOPHER MARAVICH
CHORUS DIRECTOR – IAN ROBERTSON
Recorded Summer 2012, War Memorial Opera House.
* SAN FRANCISCO OPERA DEBUT
photos: Cory Weaver