The Regio in Europe

The European tour of the Teatro Regio in the name of Giuseppe Verdi

Spain, France and Germany are the destinations of the tour that will take the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, to some of the most prestigious theatres and concert halls in Europe from 18 to 30 May. Another important recognition after the extraordinary tour last summer of the orient – which totalled 24,500 members of the audience – and an accolade for the Regio that finds its quality, competitiveness and reliability recognised at the international level.

A tour in the name of Giuseppe Verdi, indissolubly linked to Italian opera tradition. The tour begins in Spain with the Requiem Mass, on the program in Castellón de la Plana (Auditorio – 18 May), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música – 20/5), Oviedo (Auditorio Príncipe Felipe – 21/5) and Saragoza (Auditorio Palacio de Congresos – 23/5). On stage is a stellar cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Daniela Barcellona, Maksim Aksënov and Ildar Abdrazakov. In Murcia (Auditorio Victor Villegas – 19 May) an important concert dedicated to the most beautiful operas and sacred works of Verdi. On the program: the Sinfonia and Una danza delle Quattro Stagioni from I Vespri siciliani; following these are some of the most well-known pieces from Macbeth: Preludio, Che faceste? Dite su!, Ballabili and Patria oppressa; Stabat Mater from the Quattro pezzi sacri; the famous Preludio and Coro di zingarelle e mattadori from La traviata and the enthralling Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia from Ernani, with which Verdi ignited more than one opera house with enthusiasm for the Risorgimento. The concert concludes with the celebrated Va’ pensiero and the beautiful Sinfonia from Nabucco. As usual, the Chorus will be led by maestro Claudio Fenoglio.

The Regio moves to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on 25 May, where Verdi’s Quattro pezzi sacri and a selection of pieces from Vespri siciliani will be proposed; the soloists are Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde and Michele Pertusi.  The concert marks the beginning of a collaboration with the Parisian theatre, where every year the Regio will be called to perform an opera in concert form: a new challenge and a new partnership with one of the most prestigious theatres in Europe.

The tour concludes on 29 and 30 May in Germany, where the Regio has been invited – after the success of Rigoletto in 2008, to the Internationale Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. Here, La traviata, directed by Laurent Pelly, will be staged; on the podium maestro Marco Armiliato. In the principal roles are: Irina Lungu (Violetta), Stefano Secco (Alfredo) and Franco Vassallo (Germont).  Chorus Master will be Claudio Fenoglio.

Torino, 31 March 2011