GIUSEPPE PENNISI was at the opening night
of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production
of Verdi's 'Attila'
Attila has had a rather uncertain and uneven path since its very beginning. The opera had been commissioned to Giuseppe Verdi, then in his early thirties, by Venice's La Fenice. It is based on a play -- Attila, König der Hunnen by the German Zacharias Werner. The play was bad enough; the libretto by Temistocle Solera (with the help of Francesco Maria Piave) is even worse: a rather gauche celebration of Teutonic honesty in a world where all the Romans betray each other, and play fool even with the good and honest King of the Huns...
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