The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Attila or Attila the Hun (c406-453) was the leader of a tribal empire in Central and Eastern Europe, and was one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. He invaded Italy, but was unable to take Rome. He ruled the Huns from 434 until he died in March 453, after which his empire collapsed quickly.
Giuseppe Verdi's opera Attila, to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera and Francesco Maria Piave, is based on a play by Zacharias Werner. The opera, which has a prologue and three acts, was first performed in Venice at La Fenice on 17 March 1846.
Ensemble. Strong and Intense - Giuseppe Verdi's 'Attila', opening La Scala's 2018-19 season, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Mixed Feelings - 'Attila' at the Verdi Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Musical Credibility - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production of Verdi's 'Attila'
A Stunning Voice - A recital by Vuyani Mlinde impresses Robert Hugill
CD Spotlight. Aristocratic in Inspiration - Matthew Cameron plays Liszt, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... dignity and eloquence.'
Ensemble. An Icy Reception - Giuseppe Pennisi describes the 2010 Parma Verdi Festival's stormy beginning
Ensemble. Disillusioning in All its Grandeur - New York Metropolitan Opera's current production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'Attila' elicits a mixed reaction from Rebecca Schmid
Ensemble. A Fine Performance - Verdi's 'Nabucco' from San Diego Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Sterling Performances - Donizetti's 'Linda di Chamounix', heard by Robert Hugill
Ensemble. Fluid Performance - The Chelsea Opera Group's 'I Puritani', reviewed by Robert Hugill
Ensemble. Fire and Flexibility - Verdi's 'Attila', reviewed by Robert Hugill