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Finale 35 – Attila

I’ll start this one with the beginning rather than the end. Verdi’s 9th opera is one of his roughest. There’s a lot coarse music that nevertheless has a certain grainy impact. The title role is what keeps the opera around. Sam Ramey sang the role with astounding regularity. The work begins with a short prelude…

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Tutto Verdi: Attila

Verdi’s 9th opera, Attila, was first performed at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice 0n March 17, 1846. The libretto is a condensation of a highly charged German romantic play, Attila, König der Hunnen by Zacharias Werner (1808). And it’s still too long. Antonio Solera wrote most of the text. Francesco Piave completed the last act…

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