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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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