Dramma lirico in 1 prologo e 3 atti
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Libretto: Temistocle Solera, after Zacharias Werner’s ‘Attila, König der Hunnen’ (1809)
First performance: La Fenice, Venice, 17 March 1846
SETTING: Aquileia, the Adriatic lagoons, and near Rome, mid-5th century
PLOT: Attila, King of the Huns, is marching on Rome, but the apparition of a giant turns him back. He marries Odabella, whose father was killed by the Huns. With the help of her lover Foresto and the Roman general Ezio, Odabella murders Attila.
No. 13 – Terzetto: ‘Che più s’indugia?’
Ezio and Foresto are in Attila's camp, and plan to assassinate him. They hear a chorus offstage – Odabella has married Attila. Odabella flees the camp in terror, and tells the jealous Foresto that she loves only him and will have her revenge on Attila; Ezio urges them to action.
Ezio, generale romano / Roman general (baritone): Sherrill Milnes
Odabella, figlia del signore di Aquileia / daughter of the lord of Aquileia (soprano): Cristina Deutekom
Foresto, cavaliere aquileiese / Aquileian knight (tenor): Carlo Bergonzi
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra