by Katherine Anderson and Sarah Vonsattel
On February 23, 2010, Maestro Riccardo Muti led the Metropolitan Opera in its premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila in his long-awaited MET debut. Composed in 1846 when Verdi was only 32 years old, this youthful work is rarely heard today. Maestro Muti led an all-star cast, starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role and Violeta Urmana as Odabella. The production was directed by Pierre Audi with sets designed by the architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and costumes by Miuccia Prada.
The process of discovering and preparing a "new" and unfamiliar work by this beloved composer was a memorable one, made more so by our wonderful rehearsals and performances under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
On the eve of his final performance of Attila at the MET, the Maestro wrote the following letter to the MET Orchestra: