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Published on 28.05.2013 at 15:56

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.