Verdiâs Attila, his ninth opera, had its premiere at Veniceâs Teatro La Fenice in March 1846. Based on the German play Attila, King of the Huns, the libretto has its own storied history: as Verdi fell seriously ill before the workâs completion, the main librettist moved permanently to Madrid, leaving the last act of Attila only a sketch. It was then that Verdi called upon Francesco Maria Piave, the librettist for two of his earlier works, who at the composerâs behest scratched plans for a large choral finale and decided instead to concentrate on the dramatic roles of the protagonists.
In years since, Attila has become one of Verdiâs most popular and oft-staged early works. The composer's inimitable vitality, soaring arcs of melody, grand choruses, and passion are here amply apparent. This critical edition, based on Verdiâs autograph full score preserved at the British Library, restores the operaâs original text and accurately reflects the composer's colorful and elaborate musical setting, while Helen M. Greenwaldâs masterful introduction discusses the operaâs origins, sources, and performance questions, and her critical commentary details editorial problems and their solutions.
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