_Mariinsky Label: Verdi Attila (DVD)
Released in celebration of Verdi’s anniversary year, acclaimed Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov stars in the title role of Verdi's Attila, in the premiere of Arturo Gama’s production. He is ably supported by soprano, Anna Markarova in the role Odabella; baritone, Vladislav Sulimsky in the role of Ezio and tenor, Sergei Skorokhodov. The single disc DVD & Blu-ray release, was filmed in the historic Mariinsky Opera House.
As is the case with many of Verdi’s operas, his ninth opera Attila is imbued with the spirit of Risorgimento, the national liberation movement of the Italian people against foreign rule and for the unification of trampled Italy. The plot, which tells of the struggle of Aquileia, one of the last remaining strongholds of once eternal Rome, against the barbarian hordes of Attila,
King of the Huns, received an enthusiastic reception from the audience present at the premiere at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, and yet is rarely performed in today’s opera houses. Since the premiere in 2010, the Mariinsky has revived the Gama’s production each season, most recently in January 2013.
Picture & Sound ****
‘Ildar Abdrazakov bestrides the stage like a colossus and sings with firmness and grandeur, though the fine Verdian baritone of Vladislav Sulimsky offers a keen challenge as Ezio. Anna Markarova is vocally and dramatically fearless as Odabella, launching herself confidently at the demanding writing with which Verdi characterises this warrior maiden … Valery Gergiev marshals his Mariinsky forces with vigour.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)
“sensational bass … who [Abdrazakov] has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse” (The Independent).
Arturo Gama director
Valery Gergiev conductor
Idar Abdrazakov Attila
Anna Markarova Odabella
Vladislav Sulimsky Ezio
Sergei Skorokhodov Foresto
Mikhail Makarov Uldino
Timur Abdikeyev Leone
Duration 2 hours 20 minutes
Recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre, July 2010
Performed in Italian: subtitles – Russian, English,
German and French
UPC - 822231853428
DVD9 (REGION 0)