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Teatro Regio: the opera with no limits
There will be seventeen titles, thirteen operas, seven new productions, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and a Gala Roberto Bolle and Friends as well as greatest étoile internationally acclaimed. Such an intense Season has never been seen before which also include a cycle dedicated to Brahms’ symphonies as well as the concerts and the tours that will take place even before this Season’s Premiere: firstly in St. Petersburg, then Stresa, Edinburgh and, in December, in North America, will be followed by.
In the 2014-2015 Season our repertoire will be further expanded, presenting operas that cover a broad European musical range comprising the eighteenth and twentieth centuries: from Handel to Granados, through Mozart, Gounod and Humperdinck. However, our Italian repertoire will present four completely new productions dedicated to operas by Verdi, Bellini, Rossini and Puccini. These productions will widen the range of the Theatre’s repertoire in the process of the regeneration of our theatrical heritage.
The Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi (30th September - 7th October) is the masterpiece to open the 2014-2015 Season. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio will be conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. A score that we presented with unanimously applauded around the world now brought home to our audience’s delight with four internationally acclaimed soloists: Hui He, Daniela Barcellona, Jorge de León and Michele Pertusi. The Choir, the real protagonist of Verdi’s sacred masterpiece, will be conducted by Claudio Fenoglio.
The Opening Night is 14th October, with Verdi. For the occasion, a new production of Otello will be presented, signed by Walter Sutcliffe, making his debut in Italy. The young British director - former assistant of David McVicar - is a great connoisseur of the texts of William Shakespeare, will portray with all the essential elements of solid theatre knowledge, the three characters that inhabit the tragedy, set in a Cyprus under siege. Otello will be Gregory Kunde, the only tenor who has in his repertoire two “Othellos” that by Rossini and that by Verdi; by his side we will see Erika Grimaldi (Desdemona) and Ambrogio Maestri (Jago); on the podium is Gianandrea Noseda. The production of Otello (14th - 28th October) is supported by Intesa Sanpaolo - Founder of the theatre - which reconfirms its commitment to the Regio.
As a sign of a season free of “boundaries”, the second title will be Giulio Cesare by Georg Friedrich Händel (20th -29th November), a Baroque opera never performed in Turin. The setting is the one signed by Laurent Pelly for the Paris Opera - the author of our award-winning Traviata - who set the historical events of the characters in an Egyptian museum, ideal for Turin. The cast includes international specialists in baroque singing like Sonia Prina in the role of Giulio Cesare, Jessica Pratt is Cleopatra and Sara Mingardo is Cornelia; the conductor is Alessandro De Marchi, one of the most recognized interpreters of this repertoire little known in Italy.
In December, the stage of the Regio will host three major dance events. The Ballet Nacional de Cuba will present Giselle music by Adolphe Adam (from 11th - 14th December) and Don Chisciotte music by Ludwig Minkus (from 17th - 21st December) in the choreographic versions of the great Alicia Alonso, an ambassador of UNESCO for her contribution to the development and to the preservation of classical dance. With these shows, the historical company will emphasise their technical skills and virtuosity of the great classical tradition. Then, on 29th, 30th and 31st December, we will host Roberto Bolle and Friends; three gala events with the most famous Italian dancer in the world. He, along with the biggest stars of international ballet, will bring an exciting parade of double steps and solos, taken from the most beloved and famous titles of nineteenth and twentieth centuries repertoire.
A new staging by Andrea De Rosa, in co-production with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the San Carlo Theatre of Naples, of a new diptych: Goyescas and Suor Angelica, will be presented from 15th - 25th January. Both were premiered at the scene Metropolitan Opera in New York, in 1916 and 1918 respectively. Goyescas, the only work of Enrique Granados - title never seen in Turin - is about a tragic duel, told in three pictures, between Fernando and Paquiro, both men in love with the beautiful Rosario played by María José Siri. The title evokes the painter Goya, whose paintings inspired the characters of Granados, authentic and passionate. Based on the Pinturas negras by Goya, De Rosa has designed both the settings and the direction of this production. From a profane and sensual love we are taken to the mystical and contemplative love of Suor Angelica. With this title, the Regio continues the enhancement of Puccini’s opera and after Gianni Schicchi seen in our last season, another piece of Puccini’s Trittico will be completed. Suor Angelica is played by Amarilli Nizza. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio is conducted by Donato Renzetti, who is most appreciated at an international level, and who will be, for the first time, conducting the opera by Granados.
The month of February is dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with as many as eleven performances from 12th-24th in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro. After Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte the Teatro Regio completes the Mozart - Da Ponte trilogy, thus enriching its theatrical heritage. The cast will count with great voices, acclaimed internationally, and carefully chosen for the physique du rôle. The Count Almaviva will be Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, with whom we have recently recorded a CD of Mozart aria for the Deutsche Grammophon; the Countess is Carmela Remigio; Figaro is Mirco Palazzi; Susanna is Ekaterina Bakanova; and Cherubino is Paola Gardina. Elena Barbalich who is the Directing professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and committed to Italian stages for over a decade. Maestro Yutaka Sado, who we warmly welcome back, after Carmen presented in 2012, will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio.
From 12th - 22nd March we will meet another great composer who created a “freer” opera with his smile: Gioachino Rossini, whose Il turco in Italia, will be on stage in co-production with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra de Dijon and the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. Christopher Alden, for many years the assistant of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, will have his debut in Italy signing the production of this opera as part of his fruitful career. Daniele Rustioni, a young conductor with a phenomenally successful career and who has been a guest of the Regio since his early debut, will conduct this opera. On stage there will be a cast with great comic vein that includes: Carlo Lepore, Nino Machaidze, Paolo Bordogna and Antonino Siragusa.
From 14th - 26th April, the Regio brings to stage a title that has been absent for nearly two decades: I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini, in a new production co-produced with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Teatro Verdi of Trieste. I Puritani, the final result of the genius of Bellini, full of melodies from the most limpid beauty, will be under the conduction of Michele Mariotti, an expert of the Italian bel canto repertoire. Olga Peretyatko will be Elvira, a role that she has recently debuted with great success at the Metropolitan; Dmitry Korčák interprets Arturo Talbot and Nicola Ulivieri will be Sir George. The new production will be directed by the young and talented Fabio Ceresa, who has worked with many renowned directors, from Ronconi to Chéreau.
From 6th - 10th May Hansel and Gretel will be staged in the historical setting of Emanuele Luzzati. For the occasion Hansel and Gretel will direct by Vittorio Borrelli. The opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, the homonymous tale by the Brothers Grimm, is much more than a mere opera for children. The conduction of Pinchas Steinberg will surely be able to underline the high quality of the score, the favourite one of authors such as Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, highlighting the fine compositional traits that make the title, quite rightly, one of the greatest masterpieces of the opera of the late nineteenth century. The actors on stage are: Annalisa Stroppa and Regula Mühlemann.
The thirteenth title of the new season will be Faust by Charles Gounod, in a new production co-produced with the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. Directing this opera, symbol of the Romanticism and of the homonym poem by Goethe, is Stefano Poda, one of the most poetic artists of the international scene, who gave life to Thaïs in Turin; which was regarded by the «BBC Music Magazine» as one of the most memorable opera productions of the last twenty years. On the podium, for one of the most anticipated events of the season, could only be Gianandrea Noseda, who renews his association with Poda after Massenet’s Thaïs and the world premiere of Leggenda of Solbiati. This Faust will be visionary and futuristic, and will rely on players such as Ildar Abdrazakov the exceptional and unforgettable Philip II in the last Don Carlo; Charles Castronovo, making his debut at the Teatro Regio, Vasilij Ladjuk and Irina Lungu.
The year 2015 is also the year of the Expo in Milan, an event that City of Turin will play a key role, both for its strategic position and the cultural events it is able to offer. The Teatro Regio will rise to this challenge by proposing “The Best of Italian Opera” in July as part of EXPO TO. On our stage we will be able to see the weekly shift of La bohème by Puccini, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata by Verdi and Bellini’s Norma, all part of the theatre’s heritage productions. Such great production, involving the preparation of these four operas for sixteen performances in only eighteen days will, no doubt, engage all the workers of the theatre. The tourists and visitors of the Expo, as well as our loyal audiences, will have the chance to see four important titles in the history of Italian opera; from the tragic to the sublime, not to mention the irony and the smiles. These masterpieces interpreted by the great artists of the international scene such as Carmen Giannattasio, Stefano Secco and Serena Gamberoni for La bohème; Antonino Siragusa, Chiara Amarù, Roberto de Candia and Nicola Ulivieri will be conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Désirée Rancatore, Piero Pretti and Luca Salsi interpret La Traviata with the conduction of Francesco Ivan Ciampa (making his debut at the Teatro Regio) and Maria Agresta and Roberto Aronica, working in Norma conducted by Roberto Abbado.
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, the latter masterfully conducted by Claudio Fenoglio - also the conductor of the Children’s Chorus of the Regio and of the Conservatory “G. Verdi” - are the main characters of this Season. Also for the 2014-2015 Season the partnership with Rai - Radio3 has been renewed to broadcast all operas.
The 2014-2015 Season offers the public, who deserve our gratitude for the passion shown towards the activities proposed by the Regio, a diversified range of choice where everyone will have the opportunity to build a personal itinerary within the opera season by choosing among the various types of subscriptions: 14, 10, 6, 5 and 4 shows respectively. From 3rd June it is possible to book your new subscriptions for the 14 and 10 formula. The sale of subscriptions for the 6 and 5 shows begins on 21st June; the special subscriptions for 4 shows will be on sale from 6th September. Tickets for individual shows can be purchased, according to the calendar, from 2th September.
On this occasion we want to extend our special thanks to the Amici del Regio who, since 2012, through the efforts of its members, have supported a number of projects adding new energy to the activity of the theatre. Their participation, along with the fundamental contribution of Members of the Foundation and the partnerships with various companies, is the best testimony to the quality of the work that takes place daily at the Regio, as well as our commitment to offer musical performances worthy of a theatre acclaimed at an international level.
Ductility, quality, and production capacity will therefore be the leitmotiv of the 2014-2015 Season, values which the Teatro Regio has always believed in and has built a solid reality called “the Italian way to the repertoire”.
However, many will be the commitments before the 2014-2015 Season, starting from the many prestigious tour that will see our players around the world. In July we were invited to St. Petersburg for two important events: the first is the White Nights Festival, where at the Mariinskij Theatre we will present - under the conduction of Gianandrea Noseda - Messa da Requiem by Verdi; the second at the Hermitage Museum, for the 250th anniversary of the foundation, with a concert of Verdi’s masterpiece. This first tour in Russia is supported by Intesa Sanpaolo. Maestro Noseda will also conduct in Stresa, in the month of August, to celebrate the 1,000th concert of the International Festival; then, on 26th August we will be guests, for the first time, of the famous Edinburgh International Festival presenting Guglielmo Tell by Rossini in concert. In September we return to Paris for the annual meeting at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with a concert of Rossini’s music. In December, we will be engaged in the first North American tour, on four prestigious stages in the country: Chicago, Toronto, Ann Arbor and Carnegie Hall in New York, where we will present the Guglielmo Tell by Rossini in concert. This further strengthens the important tour of the Regio accredited at an international level, making it the ambassador of the great Italian musical heritage around the world.
In October (16th-25th), in conjunction with the beginning of the opera season, the spotlight will focus on Johannes Brahms, to whom we shall devote, along with MITO and Lingotto Musica, a series entitled Aimez-vous Brahms? in which the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, flanked by the top soloists, will perform - under the conduction of Gianandrea Noseda - the complete Symphonies and Concertos of this great German composer. For the occasion, Simon Trpčeski, Julian Rachlin, Marc-André Hamelin, Ilya Gringolts and Enrico Dindo will be on the stage of the Teatro Regio.
As usual, you can follow the events of backstage as well as discover some curiosity about interpreters and fitting of all the operas of the 2014-2015 Season by looking at the Sketch of Passion by Paola Giunti, on the site of the Regio and on our Youtube channel.
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