La bohème and Rigoletto

The great Italian repertoire performed at the Regio

Teatro Regio 6th – 20th March 2012

The Teatro Regio offers two great masterpieces of the Italian opera anticipating yet another sell-out: La bohème by Giacomo Puccini from 6th to the 17th March and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi from 14th to the 20th March. These two productions, created by Teatro Regio, will be returning to the stage, with new directors and new singers, in order to create a robust and exciting "Season within the Season".

La bohème, opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini, will be on stage as from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th March. It will be presented in its historical production by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and with sets and costumes by Aldo Terlizzi Patroni Griffi. The scenery - which was a great success in Tokyo and Yokohama in the Japanese tour in 2010 - was created in 1996 by the Regio to celebrate the centenary of Bohème which had its first world premiere on 1st February 1896 at the Teatro Regio. Originally directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi revived for the occasion by Vittorio Borrelli and lights are by Andrea Anfossi.

Massimo Zanetti is on the podium directing both Orchestra and the Choir of the Teatro Regio. Zanetti returns after having directed Tosca at the Regio in 2003. Speaking about his return, the conductor says: «I am very happy to be returning to the Regio. The Orchestra was wonderful then and I know that Noseda is doing an outstanding job. I know I’ll be working with extremely high calibre people».

Starring the opera: the soprano Maria Agresta (Mimì), who returns to the Regio after her great success in the Vespri siciliani led by Noseda; the tenor is Massimiliano Pisapia (Rodolfo) recently acclaimed as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; the French soprano Norah Amsellem (Musetta) and baritone Claudio Sgura (Marcello). Both, Norah Amsellem and Claudio Sgura are making their debut at the Teatro Regio. Rounding out the cast: Fabio Previati (Schaunard), Nicola Ulivieri (Colline) and Matteo Peirone (Benoît and Alcindoro). The Master of the Choir and of the children’s Choir of the Teatro Regio and of the Conservatory “G. Verdi” is Claudio Fenoglio.

La bohème will be staged as follows: on Tuesday 6th March at 20:00; on Thursday 8th March at 20:00; on Sunday 11st March at 15:00; on Tuesday 13th March at 20:00; on Thursday 15th March at 20:00 and on Saturday 17th March at 20:00.

For the performances of the 8th, and the 15th March tickets have been sold out in advance although 30, last minute, seats will be made available one hour before the opera starts.

«Bohème is the story of life and life’s cycle” – says the conductor Zanetti – and everybody will surely find themselves absorbed in this vision of existence. In two hours a life cycle is completed albeit basic yet with brightness; accompanied by a passionate rhythm that leaves nothing to the imagination. Not surprisingly I always find a great deal of enthusiasm in every theatre, with any public or by any company: something exhilarating; as exhilarating as Puccini’s idea itself».

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, will be on the same month as La bohème; its premiere night is the 14th March at 20:00. The setting is the same which debuted in 2011 on stage at the Regio. It is signed by the team whose director is Fabio Banfo, the production designer Luca Ghirardosi and costume designer Valentina Caspani, assisted by Claudia Brambilla, Chiara Marchetti and Elena Rossi. This is the same team who won the contest La Creatività all’Opera.

Daniele Rustioni who has just concluded his contribution to Madama Butterfly, is back on the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio. Although Rustioni is only 28 years old he is already a well-known and affirmed name on an international scale. After his debut in September 2010 at the Teatro alla Scala he went on to direct, in March 2011, for the first time at Covent Garden in London. Covent Garden is where he had already worked as the assistant of Pappano, his mentor, and with Gianandrea Noseda, who, in fact, invited him in 2007 to conduct some concerts in Turin. «Clearly, another rising talent destined for great things» - The Times newspaper.

The soprano Désirée Rancatore will star in this edition of Rigoletto in the role of Gilda, the baritone Giovanni Meoni stars as Rigoletto, and the tenor Piero Pretti is the Duke of Mantua. Irini Karaianni (Maddalena), Ziyan Afteh (Count Monterone), Armando Gabba (Marullo) and Matthew Pena (Matteo Borsa) will also be with them. The Choir Master is Claudio Fenoglio.

Rigoletto will be performed: on Wednesday 14th March at 20:00; on Friday 16th March at 20:00; on Sunday 18th March at 15:00 and on Tuesday 20th March at 20:00.

The productions of Bohème and Rigoletto are made possible by the paramount support of Italgas, the Supporting Partner of the Teatro Regio. As from 6th to the 20th March a suspended installation can be seen in the Gallery Tamagno. This installation was specially made by Italgas. It shows, through tubular sculptures, where blue contrasts with yellow, both symbolizing the energy of the gas, the complexity and articulation of a gas network distribution.

La bohème and Rigoletto will be presented to the public in the usual meetings Incontri con l’Opera at the Piccolo Regio Puccini, respectively for the Puccini’s opera by Alberto Mattioli on Wednesday 29th February and for Verdi's opera by Enrico Girardi on Wednesday 7th March at 17.30.

Both operas will be broadcast live by RAI-Radio 3: La bohème on Thursday 8th March at 20:00 and Rigoletto on Wednesday 14th March at 20:00.

Box Office information: Teatro Regio, Piazza Castello 215. Website:  email: or call us on 011.8815.241/242 and 011/8815.557.

Torino, 2nd February  2012