from Prologue, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Attila
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera
, the Lord of Aquileia's daughter
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: The main square of Aquileia, a Roman city, 5th century
Synopsis: After being overrun by the Huns, the surviving Aquileians are rounded up and brought before Attila. After Attila questions why some women have been spared against his orders, he is told that the Aquileian women fight beside their men and thus had been spared. Odabella then steps out to criticize the women in Attila's tribe for staying in their tents during the battle instead of taking part in it.