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Verdi: Attila (Abdrazakov, Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev) [Blu-ray] [2013]

Arturo Gama    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Arturo Gama
  • Format: Classical, Import, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Russian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mariinsky
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2013
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C2GVN24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,062 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Ildar Abdrazakov takes the title role in Arturo Gama's production of Verdi's opera, recorded at Saint Petersburg's famous Mariinsky Theatre in 2013. Valery Gergiev leads the orchestra, while other cast members include Vladislav Sulimsky, Anna Markarova and Sergei Skorokhodov.


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 (UK)

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This is an excellent production. The singers are all superb. The staging is a bit stilted and old-fashioned, but no show can be everything. To me the the singing is the key issue in opera and the staging, though important, comes second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 29 Sep 2013
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You cannot expect anything but perfect from Gergiev, his orchestra and both the soloists and the chorus conducted by him. Very absorbing and compact (less than 2 hours). A real treat for theose who are on their way to discover the early Verdi.
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By vernon
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The production looks dusty and uninspired. The singers good but I thought also lacking in fire. Years ago I saw Michelle Crider sing in a production of Attila at The State Theater in Pretoria. This inspired production left me with the feeling that the six hours drive to Pretoria was worth it. This unfortunate production reminds me that Attila in the right hands and singers can can honestly uplift one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! an Attila worthy as Ramey's successor! 18 Aug 2013
By Dr. John W. Rippon - Published on
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Of all of Verdi's early works (the Galley operas), Attila has received the most attention in the last several years. Now that we have Ildar Abdrazakov ringing, commanding basso contante who can float words of love as well as command a troop of wild Huns, we can understand the popularity. In America his recent Met debut as Attila in 2010 was widely praised as he encountered the great Ramey on stage as the saintly savior of Rome, Leone. Ildar's voice is smooth, powerful and eminently listenable. He is big of build, handsome of face and could very well lead an invading army. The present recording was made some ten months after the Met engagement, this at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg. Here the Odabella is Anna Markova a recent member of the Mariinsky roster. She has the range, power and depth needed in this role but lacks polish and brilliance of tone; these will come in time. She does have big sound and could hold her own in the final quartetto with Attila, Foresto her lover and Ezio the Roman commander.(She stabs Attila and in the play stabs herself, but not in the opera). As the pouty, peevish boy lover of Odabella, Foresto, Sergei Skorokhodar has a sweet lyric tenor with just enough heft to hold his own with the other big voiced characters. Finally the baritone part of Ezio, commander of the Roman legions is not quite adequately served by Vladislav Sulinsky. He lacks the heft in his nice baritone voice and looks to be too young to be the experienced commander of the entire Roman legions. I think that with maturity and singing experience he could be a presentable Verdi baritone. However whenever any combination of these four players are singing they are exciting to listen to.
The excellent orchestra and chorus of the Mariinsky are led by Valery Gergiev in this enthusiastic rather than subtle performance. Sets, costumes and Regie are nicely underdone compared to the Met 2010 overreaching production.
There is much reference to Odin, Valhalla and all that Wagner territory stuff. The play from which this opera was taken "Attila, Konig der Hunnen" was by the highly idiomatic, far out German romantic poet Frederich Zacharias Werner. It is full of Norns, Woton (Odin), Fricka, and the whole cast of the Niebelungenlied of the Nordic Sagas. (Attila here is as Ezil) From this rambling Germanic mass, Verdi and librettist Solera (and Piave)have created an opera that is as thoroughly Italian as Chianti and pizza. I highly recommend this version of Attila. There are tunes to whistle and melodies to hum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ildar Shines! 18 Oct 2013
By Gary W. Hines - Published on
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Great Russian production of Attila. Ildar Abdrazakov is a formidable bass in this production, and Anna Markarova plays a strong role, as well. I particularly like this treatment of Attila by the Marinsky.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Verdi!!! 11 July 2013
By Allan Vanegas - Published on
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I loved this production from beginning to end. The conductor and the singers were great. I believed that Attila stole the show, it is an opera about himself after all.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great performance of the bass in title rol of Atilla king of the huns 7 July 2013
By Theo de Boer - Published on
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this is a rare production of a quite unknown opera of verdi , with a lot of verdi quality ,
the Odabella role , as the daugter of the lord of Aquileja , Anna Macarova is the weakest link for me not a studdy voice , and not a great astress .
but all the others are realy great singers with caracter , and the chorus did a good job to ! mister Valery Gergiev nows the nusic of Verdi as the best
so , 5 stars for the bass I ldar Abdrazakov .
But it is still a opera to have in your collection , and gett yourself the blu-ray , the sound is fantastic !
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