Teatro Regio wins the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh, 26 August 2017

We are extremely pleased to announce that the production of Verdi’s Macbeth, directed by Emma Dante and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, which the Teatro Regio presented recently at the Edinburgh International Festival, has won the Herald Angel Award as “one of the most interesting and innovative events to be seen in this 70th edition of the festival”.

The prize, which dates back to 1995, is awarded by the critics of The Herald newspaper and is handed out by Keith Bruce, Arts Editor of the Herald, and by Fergus Linehan, Artistic Director of the festival. At the awards ceremony, which took place this morning in the festival theatre, the General Manager of the Teatro Regio, Walter Vergnano, was present: “We are very proud of this recognition that underlines once again the great work we have been carrying out in these years. An artistic growth that has led us today to be Ambassadors of Italian Culture around the world, a responsibility that we bear with pride. Therefore I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone at the Teatro Regio, all part of this important success. Special thanks go to Gianandrea Noseda for his energy that sweeps through the entire theatre and to our Artistic Director Gastón Fournier-Facio for the passion with which he carries out his job”. 

Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, in the spotlight during these extremely intensive two weeks in Edinburgh, added: “This award is an honour that I want to share with Emma Dante, an artist who knew how to find an extremely personal view of Shakespeare’s famous play, managing also to win the hearts of the Scottish people. I mustn’t forget the wonderful cast of singers that I thank with all my heart, the orchestra, the chorus and the Chorus Master Claudio Fenoglio, the technical staff and all those who contributed to organizing this great tour. A friend of mine once said: “It’s not important to be a star, but rather to be surrounded by stars”.

Macbeth, co-produced by the Teatro Regio with the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and the Associazione Arena Sferisterio-Macerata Opera Festival, was interpreted by Dalibor Jenis, Anna Pirozzi, Marko Mimica, Piero Pretti and Alexandra Zabala and achieved great acclaim from the critics – who gave it 4 out of 5 stars – and by the audience who received it with more than ten minutes of applause at the conclusion of each of the three performances (18/19/20 August).

The Teatro Regio of Torino continued its stay in Edinburgh with the Verdi Requiem on 22 August, a “sold-out” concert in Usher Hall, and La bohème by Puccini in the staging financed by the Amici del Teatro Regio, realized in collaboration with Alcantara and co-produced by the Opera di Roma, with the stage-direction by Alex Ollé and conducting by Gianandrea Noseda, which had its debut last night. The audience, wildly enthusiastic, showered the protagonists, Erika Grimaldi, Giorgio Berrugi, Kelebogile Besong, Simone Del Savio, Benjamin Cho and Nicola Ulivieri, with almost 15 minutes of applause.

Thank you for your attention. Paola Giunti

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Edinburgh, 26th August 2017

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