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An illustration from The Illustrated London News, dated 15 April 1848, showing the last scene in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Attila performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, two years after its premiere in Venice. The London performances were produced by the impresario Benjamin Lumley, who later noted that "none perhaps of Verdi's works had kindled more enthusiasm in Italy or crowned the fortunate composer with more abundant laurels than Attila". In the final scene the captured Odabella, daughter of the Lord of Aquileia, stabs and kills Attila with a sword, to avenge the death of her father at Attila's hands.Illustration: Uncredited · Restoration: Adam Cuerden

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