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Konwitschny’s bold new Attila

Konwitschny's bold new Attila

These are not your father’s Huns: Konwitschny’s bold new Attila at Theater an der Wien

Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila is not an opera that one hears often. Composed during his self-styled “galley period” – before he found his mature musical voice with Rigoletto – Attila has inherent musical and dramaturgical weaknesses. With one foot still firmly rooted in bel canto tradition, the numerous cabalettas can be exhausting, even ridiculous, considering the dramatic nature of the text. The choir scenes are generally up-tempo and almost cheerful, grotesque in the context of warfare and plundering.

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Chanda VanderHart – pianist, chamber musician, art song accompanist, vocal coach.

In 2015, Chanda celebrates 15 years living in Vienna, Austria, the music capital of Europe where she has been acquiring a solid musical education, worked with world-class musicians and singers and developed exciting music related projects.

 

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