Concerts 2013-2014

Music throughout the Centuries: the new concert season with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio
and the Filarmonica ‘900 of Teatro Regio

26th Oct 2013 - 17th May 2014

The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the Filarmonica ‘900 of the Regio are the protagonists of the new Concerts 2013-2014 season which will be inaugurated on 26th October under the baton of Manfred Honeck and will be concluded on 17th May by having the maestro Gianandrea Noseda on the podium.

Great directors, from all over the world, will offer a rich and elegant program with fourteen appointments, including a show being premiered here for the first time and two Galas dedicated to Verdi and Wagner.

The Austrian maestro Manfred Honeck, who is at the Regio for the first time, will open the season on 26th Saturday October at 20:30. He will be directing the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio with two great classics from the nineteenth century: the famous Symphony in B minor by Franz Schubert and the Symphony no.1 by Gustav Mahler. The first, written in 1822 and known as Unfinished, remained in the shadows for several decades and was brought to light only in 1865. The Symphony no.1 of Mahler, composed over a long period of time between 1888 and 1894, underwent several revisions. Titan was the subtitle chosen by the composer thinking about the novel Der Titan by Jean Paul Richter, defined by Ladislao Mittner as the “song of praise of the German spring and spring forces of the German soul”: in the first movement, Mahler in fact intended to be an “endless spring” or “the awakening of nature from its long winter sleep”.

The second event is on Monday 11th November with the Filarmonica '900 of Teatro Regio - which is ten years old now - conducted by the japanese Yutaka Sado. Sado is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonic. In the program, a tribute to the twentieth century with the Symphony no.1 by William Walton, composed between 1931 and 1935 - the symphony was inspired in Sibelius - and the Symphony no .1 by Dmitri Šostakovič - composed between 1923 and 1925 and it bore the seeds of what would be the great style of this, then, young musician. The concert is made possible with the contribution of the Fondazione CRT.

The months of November and December are dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner to celebrate their birth bicentenary. A world premiere of Verdi, narrar cantando a show by Marco Paolini and Mario Brunello will take place on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of November at 20.30. The project, created by the visionary cellist and of a passionate actor, focuses on the figure of Verdi, man of the theatre, librettist, director, entrepreneur, patriot and politician, and on the influence that the Maestro from Busseto had on Italian society and culture of his time. A show not to be missed and it is set to engage and excite even those who usually do not attend concert halls.

On Wednesday 18th at 19:00 and on Sunday 22nd at 18:00 the Gala Verdi will be held as the first major initiative of the Amici del Regio who, after just one year of its foundation, have decided to offer one of the most anticipated events of the year, in order to allocate the proceeds to the initiatives that the theatre dedicates to young people. For this special occasion the Music Director Gianandrea Noseda will be on the podium directing the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Regio as well as great stars such as: Barbara Frittoli, Marianne Cornetti, Marcelo Álvarez and Leo Nucci, called to interpret famous arias from Macbeth, Il trovatore and Aida. The Chorus Master is Claudio Fenoglio. Delicacies from the land of Verdi will be offered during both intervals by Eataly. These two events are not included in the season ticket. 

Another Gala, held on 21st December, will be dedicated to a great protagonist of this musical year: Richard Wagner. Also under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio will take the audience through a journey of symphonic and choral tracks taken from the most famous operas by the great German composer: from Tannhäuser to Lohengrin, from Parsifal to the Maestri cantori di Norimberga. This The best of is there to show that Wagner is much more familiar than we can imagine.

The year continues with the traditional double concert appointments. On Monday 30th at 20.30 and on Tuesday 31st December at 17:30 the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio, conducted by the Austrian Christian Arming, creating an elegant Viennese atmosphere with the Dynamiden-Walzer by Josef Strauss, the suite from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, Die Fledermaus overture from, of Egyptischer-Marsch, Wiener Blut and Perpetuum mobile by Johann Strauss; and it is not all: the Bahn Frei by Eduard Strauss, it will be concluded with the Kaiser-Walzer by Johann Strauss, making it a real program to dance.

The appointment of Wednesday 19th February is entirely dedicated to Russia. The Israeli maestro Pinchas Steinberg will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio, directing the cantata Aleksandr Nevskij by Sergej Prokof’ev which was performed for the first time in 1939 and composed on the basis of a theme that had been developed previously for the eponymous film by Sergej Ejzenštejn, and the Symphony no. 4 by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij, which the composer himself declared it to be entirely dominated by the sense of destiny and the inevitability of fate. The soloist is the mezzo-soprano Natascha Petrinsky.

Taking a step back in time, the concert on Monday 24th March is dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It will be with the Filarmonica '900 of the Teatro Regio and Stefano Vagnarelli, a violinist, soloist and conductor. Enrico Carraro plays the viola and Edward Turbil, the piano. The program has the Concerto no.20 in D minor for piano and Orchestra and the Sinfonia concertante in E flat major for violin, viola and orchestra. The instruments used by the soloists are extremely valuable: Maestro Vagnarelli’s violin is a Saint Seraphim dated 1725 and the Maestro Carraro’s viola is a Giovanni Paolo Maggini dated from 1600, both provided by the Pro Canale Foundation in Milan. The concert is organized in collaboration with De Sono Associazione per la Musica.

Tuesday 1st April master Nicola Luisotti, music director of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, will, for the first time, be on the podium directing both the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Regio. The program ranges from Luigi Cherubini 's Requiem, commissioned by the French government in 1815 to celebrate the death of Louis XVI, and the twentieth-century Symphony no. 3 by Sergej Prokof’ev. The choir, which has a real role in this concert is, is, as always, conducted by Claudio Fenoglio, who has, in recent years, led our choir to its highest artistic level.

The Season’s grand finale will be with Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and the Orchestra of the Regio, working on a tribute to the masters of the twentieth century, on Saturday 17th May. The program combines the suite for the ballet Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky to Rossiniana by Ottorino Respighi, then the orchestral suite inspired on Les Riens by Gioachino Rossini; closing with the Symphony no.3 by Alfredo Casella, masters to whom Master Noseda is particularly related, as the effort towards the project “Italian Music” shows. This project, under the label Chandos, deals with many great unpublished twentieth-century Italian musicians who have been unjustly forgotten.

The Concerts 2013-2014 are made with the support of UniCredit, the Main Partner of the Filarmonica '900 since its foundation, the Amici del Regio who offer the Gala Verdi and thanks to the contribution by the Fondazione CRT supporting Amici della Filarmonica ‘900 and the collaboration of De Sono Associazione per la Musica.

Subscriptions to 9 concerts (excluding the Gala Verdi) may be renewed at the Theatre as from Wednesday 25th September to Thursday 3rd October. The sale of new season tickets begins on Friday 4th October and continues until Saturday 12th October. Prices: Ordinary season ticket: €170; Reduced €135 (over 65 and cardholders associations recognized by law or in an agreement with the Teatro Regio). ‘Special’ and ‘Young’ €100 (under 30s and subscribers to The Concerts 2012-2013 and or Ballet 2013-2014). Tickets for the concerts go on sale on Tuesday 15th October, price: €25 (reduced: €20 over 65, and affiliated subscribers to the Regio; €15 for under 30) at the Teatro Regio ticket office (opens from Tuesday to Friday 10.30-18:00 and Saturday 10.30-16:00 - Tel 011.8815.241/242) or at Infopiemonte - Torinocultura (on the corner of via Garibaldi and Piazza Castello, from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00) or online at Vivaticket www.vivaticket .com. Tickets can be purchased by credit card over the phone on: 011.8815.270 (Mon-Fri 9:00-12:00).

Tickets for the Gala Verdi are on sale from Saturday 19th October until Friday 8th November to the subscribers to the Opera Season and for the Amici del Regio. Sale to all non-subscribers starts on Saturday 9th November (prices: sector A €120, sector B €100 and sector C €75). Dinner with the delicacies from the land of Verdi, offered by Eataly, is included in the ticket price.

The concerts are also part of the initiative Al Regio in famiglia, which provides free admission for children under 16 accompanied by an adult (reduced ticket price €20). The seats reserved for this initiative are limited.

For more information go to www.teatroregio.torino.it or www.filarmonica900.it

Turin 23rd September 2013

 

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