Valery Gergiev Musical Director & Conductor
Ildar Abdrazakov Attila
Anna Markarova Odabella
Vladislav Sulimsky Ezio
Sergei Skorokhodov Foresto
Mikhail Makarov Uldino
Timur Abdikeyev Leone
Running Time 106m31s
A production by the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, in arrangement with Euroarts Music International
Filmed December 2010 at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. Performed in Italian.
Matthias Leutzendorff Director
DVD9 (Region 0 - Worldwide)
2.0 PCM stereo
5.1 Dolby Surround
BD50 (All regions)
HD 1080i60 (NTSC)
2.0 PCM stereo
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Notes in English / en Français / auf Deutsch / на русском языке
Release of the Week 'The singers are in fine form, particularly bass Abdrazakov. (There's just something about a Russian bass!) And the orchestra sizzles as well, albeit it in a slightly Russian fashion, as if perhaps a Tchaikovsky opera was part of a double bill. All in all, it's an exciting performance and refreshingly old school.' CBC Music
Picture & Sound **** ' Ildar Abdrazakov bestrides the stage like a colossus and sings with firmness and grandeur, though the fine Verdian baritone of Vladislav Sulimsky offers a keen challenge as Ezio. Anna Markarova is vocally and dramatically fearless as Odabella, launching herself confidently at the demanding writing with which Verdi characterises this warrior maiden… Valery Gergiev marshals his Mariinsky forces with vigour.' BBC Music Magazine
'He [Abdrazakov] is thrilling throughout the set, worthy of comparison with the very finest basses who have taken this role on record before him… The technical side of things is also very good, with excellent picture quality and good surround sound that displays the sweep of the drama while allowing individual voices to come to just the right levels of prominence at the right times.'
Music Web International
'If you enjoy Verdi's Attila, you should like this well-recorded, well-filmed version from the Mariinsky.' Opera News
'Among singers of his generation, Abdrazakov has it in him to be without competition as Attila.' International Record Review
'Sensational bass… [Abdrazakov] has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse.' The Independent
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 of Odabella; baritone Vladislav Sulimsky in the role of Ezio, and tenor Sergei Skorokhodov as Foresto. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray this release was filmed at the historic Mariinsky Opera House, St Petersburg.
As is the case with many of Verdi's operas Attila, his ninth, is imbued with the spirit of Risorgimento, the national liberation movement of the Italian people against foreign rule and for the unification of a 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, 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.