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Opera and Ballet Season 2008-2009 (updated)
Great titles beyond the bounds of the usual repertoire
Ten titles, nine of which are operas, making for an increase of 10% in the number of opera performances. The most prestigious dance with the participation of the Ballet Nacional de España, representing the highest level of the school of flamenco. Five new stagings, realised in our set workshops , two of which are co-productions with other important opera theatres. The growing commitment with RegioneInTour, the successful opera circuit realised together with the Piedmont Region and the increase in undertakings at an international level: the Chorus of the Regio, in November 2007 in Cologne, invited by Semyon Bychkov; the Orchestra and Chorus of the Theatre in Rigoletto with Gianandrea Noseda conducting, the only Italian representation at the Maifestspiel in Wiesbaden, in 30 and 31 May. And then the tour that will take the artistic groups of the Regio to Japan in July 2010.
Elements that testify to the phases in the continuous growth of the Theatre and that mark the achievement of certain objectives fixed in advance with the arrival of Gianandrea Noseda. If the guidance of a Music Director of this calibre is therefore a fundamental artistic impulse, another reason to be proud is the increase in production, made possible by more personnel, allowing the Regio to respond better to the real needs of production growth and an improvement in quality and to face the commitments programmed at an international level.
To all of this is added an extremely positive response from the public, which continues to reward us with its growing presence – “sold out” is by now the rule – and shows great open-mindedness and curiosity towards more innovative works. It is no coincidence that the most applauded productions of the 2007-2008 Season were Salome and La clemenza di Tito – directed respectively by Robert Carsen and Graham Vick – two avante-garde and “courageous” stagings that prove how well opera can communicate with contemporary audiences.
Finally, but no less important, is the constant presence of Members of the Foundation and the particular commitment of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and Gruppo Fondiaria SAI, which for the fifth year in a row will help sponsor the inauguration.
After having dealt with the most famous titles, this year the Regio will take a further step, focusing on great titles beyond the bounds of the usual repertoire.
In fact, it will be Medea by Luigi Cherubini – staged for the first time in Torino – that inaugurates, on 5 October, the Season 2008-2009 (with performances through 22/10). Euripide’s tragic heroin, who found her most captivating contemporary reincarnation in Maria Callas, will have the voice of Anna Caterina Antonacci, a charismatic interpreter who faces the role for the first time in Italy. With her, authentic stars like tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini, Cinzia Forte and Sara Mingardo. On the podium the happy return of Evelino Pidò. The new staging is by Hugo de Ana, responsible for the memorable Don Carlo seen in Torino in 2006, whose stimulating interpretations go hand-in-hand with spectacular visual effects, never banal and rich in symbolism.
The inaugural opera signals the debut as the new Chorus Master of maestro Roberto Gabbiani, who comes to Turin at the height of a brilliant career which has seen him direct the choruses of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, of the Teatro alla Scala and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In alcune produzioni il Maestro del coro sarà Claudio Fenoglio.
At the end of October (26, 28 and 30) the Theatre will present a non-subscription performance of La bohème by Giacomo Puccini which, after the summer debut in Racconigi and the performance in Turin, is destined for the regional circuit. The conducting will be entrusted to the outstanding twenty-five-year-old Daniele Rustioni, former student of Gianandrea Noseda and since last year Principal Guest Conductor of the prestigious Teatro Mikhailovskij of St Petersburg. For the occasion, the historic staging by Eugenio Guglielminetti will be re-proposed, revised by Saverio Santoliquido and Claudia Boasso, with costumes by Laura Viglione and stage direction by Vittorio Borelli, talented people brought up at the Regio, where they work every day.
While the artistic groups of the Theatre are busy around the region with La Bohème (5/11 – 9/11), the best of flamenco dance will be on stage at the Regio. The Ballet Nacional de España will propose two choreographies by José Antonio, entitled Elegía-Homenaje (a Antonio Ruiz Soler) and El Café de Chinitas. The first is dedicated to Antonio Ruiz Soler, a legend in Spanish dance; the second is a perfect mix of dance, poetry and passion: flamenco, the poignant popular songs by Federico García Lorca and the visionary scene-painting by Salvador Dalí.
In December ( 10/12 - 21/12) there will be a new staging of a rarely-performed opera, Thaïs, a mature work of the composer Jules Massenet. The dramatic force and the modernity of the orchestral writing have captivated Gianandrea Noseda, who will conduct the opera and thus begin to measure himself against the French repertoire of the late nineteenth century. For the occasion, the “stars” are brought into play: in fact, it will be not only a debut for Noseda but also for the protagonist Barbara Frittoli, who, by choosing the Regio for her debut in this arduous role, reconfirms her faith in the artistic and technical capacities of the Theatre. The stage direction, choreography, sets, lighting and costumes will be by Stefano Poda, a one man show of spectacular visionary style, strongly anchored in the present, a talented young Italian, by now well-known abroad, whom the Regio keenly desires to introduce to its audiences.
The new year will open with Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach in a new staging in co-production with the Teatro Real de Madrid, the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and the New Israeli Opera di Tel Aviv. Nine performances (30/1 – 8/2) of Offenbach’s unfinished opera of a typically romantic-gothic flavour, last staged in Torino in 1973. A great cast, with, in the title role, young tenor from Mexico Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and Désirée Rancatore, Raffaella Angeletti, Monica Bacelli – the highly-applauded Sextus in La clemenza di Tito – and the alluring Georgian mezzo-soprano, Nino Surguladze. The show is entrusted to such specialists as conductor Emmanuel Villaume and stage director Nicolas Joël, the next general manager of the Opéra di Parigi.
In March (4/3 – 15/3), L’italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini will be staged. On the podium, the best possible conductor for this opera, maestro Bruno Campanella, who is connected to the Regio by a long tradition. Stage director Vittorio Borrelli. In the title role, Vivica Genaux, the American mezzo-soprano of great charisma, one of the most respected singers of the Baroque and bel canto repertoires who performs on the most important stages in the world; with her, Antonio Siragusa and Roberto de Candia.
In April (14/4 - 26/4) the Regio returns to making the most of its own historical patrimony with Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti in the beautiful staging by Ugo Gregoretti and Eugenio Guglielminetti. On the podium the enfant prodige Michele Mariotti, at the age of only twenty-nine Principal Conductor of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, who debuts at the Regio after his Barber of Seville in the summer of 2007. In the title role the important debut of Roberto Scandiuzzi, who, after numerous dramatic roles, takes on a comedy; with him, the couple – highly applauded in The Elixir of Love last year – Serena Gamberoni and Francesco Meli.
The month of May (21 -31) will see the return of Gianandrea Noseda to the podium, who, with his deep knowledge of Russian repertoire, has chosen to measure his skill against La dama di picche, the operatic masterpiece of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed in Torino for the first time in Russian. The Music Director will be collaborating for the first time with Denis Krief, stage direction, sets, lighting and costumes of the new staging. Equally brilliant is the cast, in which an extraordinary trio of female voices stands out: Anja Silja – the very personification of the character – Svetla Vassileva, recent winner of the “Abbiati” Prize for her interpretation of Rusalka and Julia Gertseva, who will be Tigrana in Edgar.
In June (12 -19) at the renovated Teatro Carignano, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo will be performed for the first time in Turin in a new staging by Davide Livermore, in collaboration with the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli e firmato da Davide Livermore. The dramatic cantata by Georg Friedrich Handel will be performed by the Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, conducted by Antonio Florio. This production is realised with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo and the collaboration of the Fondazione Teatro Stabile of Turin and is part of a new type of joint season ticket of the two Seasons.
Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea is the title that closes the Season (23/6 – 8/7), a work of elegant sensitivity, an Italian opera that looks back to French theatre. The conducting is entrusted to the secure baton of Renato Palumbo and the stage direction to Lorenzo Mariani. Another opera for prima donnas and another debut for an artist on the rise: Micaela Carosi in the principal role, along with Marcelo Alvarez, one of the most acclaimed tenors in the world, Marianne Cornetti and Alfonso Antoniozzi.
A Season, the one just listed, that traces the guiding lines for the coming years and describes a Theatre in excellent health with a budget surplus and an enthusiastic public that continues to grow.
A Theatre that announces with great satisfaction an agreement with Rai-Radio3, thanks to which almost all the operas of the next season, whether live or recorded, will have a place in the radio programming.
Furthermore, the Regio has established an important collaboration with The Opera Foundation, the New York foundation that promotes artistic exchanges between the United States and Europe, giving young singers the possibility to gain experience in the most prestigious theatres. For the Regio, it also represents an opportunity to establish and build strong ties with other theatres of quality.
In response to the growing demand of the public, in addition to increasing the number of performances of each title, this year there are new types of Season tickets; oto give everyone the possibility of building his/her own personal season with the certainty of having a seat. The choice can be made among season tickets of 9,8,6,5 or 4 shows, 5 opening nights or the special Harmonies Series in collaboration with the Teatro Stabile.
The sales campaign for season tickets begins on 14 May and continues through the end of September.
Turin, 27 February 2009
Press Office Chair