The Barber of Seville, Madame Butterfly

Two masterpieces of melodrama being shown in February

Teatro Regio, from the 19th - 28th February, 2012

During the months of February and March, the Teatro Regio strikes gold: The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini from the 19th to the 26th February, followed by Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini from the 21st to the 28th February, then La bohème by Giacomo Puccini the 6th to 17th March and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi from 14th to the 20th of March.

Four tried and well applauded productions by the Teatro Regio are back on the stage, four different productions are now going to be replicated with new directors and performers, expressing, as the project has developed and grown in recent years by the Teatro Regio, an "Italian way", a way that allows the Teatro Regio to meet the public’s demands. The public is then benefited by being able to watch a growing number of Italian masterpieces whereby the Regio intersects the dates between several titles. In total there will be eighteen performances in thirty-one days in the same season. «The frequent staging of popular operas is a guaranteed success and making them spectacular every time is our aim. We try to put in place a system that combines an intelligent theatre repertoire and the desire to experiment» explains General Manager Walter Vergnano. The Music Director Gianandrea Noseda added: «The idea of a sequence of productions which are both bold and popular, stems from the desire to keep the theatre open as long as possible. In the design of a large theatre, the repertoire has to live constructively with the most sought after proposal».

It begins with The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini opera ‘buffo’, staged from Sunday 19th of February to Sunday 26th of February. On the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio rises Master Alessandro Galoppini, Director of the artistic area of the Regio, musician and specialist in this particular repertoire, while the choir will be conducted by Maestro Claudio Fenoglio. It will be directed by Vittorio Borelli, another artist who was born and bred on the opera stages in Turin. The scenery is by Claudia Boasso, head of exhibitions design of the Regio. The costumes are signed by Luisa Spinatelli and the lighting by Andrea Anfossi. In the role of the ‘factotum’ Figaro is the baritone Roberto de Candia who is a refined interpreter of Rossini, and the beautiful Rosina will be interpreted by mezzo soprano Marina Comparato. The Count d’Almaviva is the tenor Antonino Siragusa. The cast includes: Paulo Bordogna (Don Bartolo), the bass is Nicola Ulivieri (Don Basilio), the baritone is Claudio Ottino (Fiorello) and the mezzo-soprano Giovanna Donadini (Berta).

The Barber of Seville will be performed on: Sunday 19th February at 15:00, on Wednesday 22nd February at 20:00, on Friday 24th February at 20:00 and on Sunday 26th February at 15:00.

Tickets for The Barber of Seville have been sold out in advance. Last minute tickets will be on sale one hour before the opera begins.

The Barber of Seville will be followed by Madame Butterfly, by Giacomo Puccini, from the 21st to the 28th of February. Madame Butterfly will be presented using the scenery by Damiano Michieletto signed by Paolo Fantin with scenes and costumes by Carla Teti, all recent winners of the Italian critics Premio Abbiati. The direction of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio is entrusted to the young Daniele Rustioni who had his own debut at the Teatro Regio. His career then took off and the young Rustioni was seen in major theatres in the world. The Chorus Master is Claudio Fenoglio.

n the roles of Pinkerton and Butterfly we have the tenor Massimiliano Pisapia and the soprano Raffaella Angeletti. Also in the cast: baritone Domenico Balzani (Sharpless), mezzo-soprano Giovanna Lanza (Suzuki), tenor Gregory Bonfatti (Goro), the baritone Paolo Maria Orecchia (Yamadori) and the bass is Luciano Montanaro (Uncle Bonzo). The lights’ design is by Marco Filibeck and the recordings will be directed by Robert Pizzuto.

At the centre of the scene there will be a small room made of Plexiglas, which is the prison-house of Butterfly. This is where reality and illusion collide; it is where tenderness and brutality live, confidence and despair, suffering, lost moments, dreams, indifference and cynicism. A setting that, also this year, will return to astonish (and to be talked about), but surely it will go straight to the audience’s heart.

Madame Butterfly will be staged on: Tuesday 21st February at 20:00;  Thursday 23rd February at 20:00; Saturday 25th February at 20:00 and on Tuesday 28th February at 15:00.

The Barber of Seville and Madame Butterfly will be presented to the public in the usual Incontri con l’Opera at the Piccolo Regio Puccini, respectively, by Daniele Spini on Wednesday 15th February and by Virgilio Bernardoni on Wednesday 22nd February at 17:30.

Both operas will be broadcast live by RAI-Radio 3: Madame Butterfly on Tuesday 21st February at 20:00 and The Barber of Seville on Wednesday 22nd February at 20:00.

Box Office information: Teatro Regio, Piazza Castello 215.,email: or call us on 011.8815.241/242.  

Turin 23th January 2012

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