La Scala's 'Attila' speaks to today's global turmoil

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez performing on stage in front of a sc

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez performing on stage in front of a sc

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez performing during a rehearsal of Giu

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez performing during a rehearsal of Giu

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, on the ground, and Russian bass Ild

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, on the ground, and Russian bass Ild

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 show Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, center left, and Russian bass Ildar

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 show Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, center left, and Russian bass Ildar

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, on the ground, and Russian bass Ild

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, on the ground, and Russian bass Ild

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, on the ground, and Italian tenor Fa

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, on the ground, and Italian tenor Fa

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, left, and Russian bass Ildar Abdraz

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, left, and Russian bass Ildar Abdraz

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov, left, and Spanish soprano Saioa Herna

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov, left, and Spanish soprano Saioa Herna

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows a scene of "Attila" during a rehearsal, in Milan, Italy. La Scala’s

This undated photo made available by La Scala opera theater on Dec. 5, 2018 shows a scene of "Attila" during a rehearsal, in Milan, Italy. La Scala’s

MILAN (AP) — La Scala's season premiere of a new production of Verdi's "Attila" takes on contemporary themes of male leaders selling out to self-interest while the final act of heroism falls to a woman.

Davide Livermore, the stage director of the production that makes its gala season premiere Friday, says "not even a rapper form the Bronx is as contemporary than Verdi."

The timing of "Attila" premiere —- against a backdrop of global political insecurity and the rising power of women through the Me Too movement and recent U.S. midterm elections — is coincidental.

"Attila" was chosen several years ago by musical director Riccardo Chailly to be the second in a trilogy dedicated to Verdi's early works. Chailly conducts the opera, his fifth season-opener in 40 years working with La Scala.