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Il Regio a Racconigi
Opera, Dance and Music
at the Royal Greenhouses of Racconigi Castle
The Piedmont Region
Last year, the Piedmont Region began a project to enhance its cultural heritage through activities tied to art, to developing the territory and to offering an ever-vaster public the opportunity to get closer to the most significant artistic expressions. The purpose of the project is to favour the collaboration among cultural institutions, organizations, associations, foundations and local authorities, while remaining consistent with the political choices for reducing the geographic, social and cultural disparity among the various areas of Piedmont.
This led to the founding of RegioneInTour, the regional opera circuit within which the Teatro Regio organized the production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at Racconigi Castle in the summer of 2007. In addition to confirming the validity of that choice, the considerable success of the initiative encouraged the participation of new subjects, in particular the Fondazioni Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Cuneo, Bra, Fossano, Saluzzo and Savigliano This created the presuppositions for amplifying the event and for creating a true festival, which will take place in the month of July in the enchanting and prestigious setting of the Royal Greenhouses of Racconigi Castle.
The evenings dedicated to opera will alternate with those devoted to dance and to music, while in the halls of the Castle, until the end of September, you can admire 60 stupendous costumes from the Teatro Regio collection. With this initiative, Racconigi Castle enhances an already important programme of events capable of attracting a very large audience, from local inhabitants in the region to national and international tourists.
Mercedes Bresso, President Piedmont Region
Gianni Oliva, Councillor for Culture, Piedmont Region
The Cassa di Risparmio Foundations
The Fondazioni Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Cuneo, Bra, Fossano, Saluzzo and Savigliano are particularly pleased to contribute, together with the Piedmont Region, to the realization of Regio at Racconigi, thanks to which very fine performances of opera, dance and music will be held against the extraordinary backdrop of the Royal Greenhouses of Racconigi Castle.
The convinced participation of the Fondazioni in this project emphasizes the attention with which each of them stimulates the enhancement of the artistic/historical heritage of their own territory and the development of the by now well-known capacity of our architectural gems to attract tourists. It is therefore an initiative that can highlight and exalt the many virtues of this area of Piedmont, which has a wealth of art, but also of fine food and wine, environment, nature and history.
Andrea Comba, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino
Ezio Falco, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo
Donatella Vigna, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bra
Antonio Miglio, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Fossano
Giovanni Rabbia, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Saluzzo
Roberto Governa, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Savigliano
The Teatro Regio
When there was thunderous applause at Racconigi Castle last July, at the end of Il barbiere di Siviglia, one had the feeling that something truly amazing had happened. It was certainly helped by beauty of the performance, the unusual – at least for me – presence of the storks with their characteristic call and the magic of the Royal Greenhouses illuminated at night. But the enthusiasm of the audience, of those who had helped realize the event, and of everyone who had staged the opera made me think that music, just like the storks, had also found a spot to build one of its own nests in that extraordinary place.
The decision to return was made immediately, merely with the looks we exchanged at the end of the performance. This year we present a rich programme especially planned to make July at Racconigi an appointment that simply must not be missed, not only for the Piedmontese public but also for those, and there are more and more of them all the time, who are beginning to appreciate the wealth of our territory.
Walter Vergnano, General Manager Teatro Regio