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Sometimes one wonders why particular performances are singled out for release upon an unsuspecting world. If you attended a performance of Attila at the medieval fortress of Tsaverets in Bulgaria you’d probably have had a perfectly enjoyable evening – a good story well told in a traditional production against a dramatic historic setting. But why would anyone else really want to watch it? It’s not actively bad (though the tenor and baritone can remain nameless), but offers little of particular note. The orchestra and chorus of Sofia National Opera are not the world’s greatest, and Alessandro Sangiorgi struggles to keep control. Orlin Anastasov has a strong bass and copes manfully with the title role (and it’s not everyone who can rock an outfit and hair probably last seen on Cher in the mid’70’s), but it’s left to the Odabella, Radostina Nikolaeva, to up the voltage, unleashing her fearsome soprano with its scything top.

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