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The Regio, Opera. Sempreverdi
Twelve titles, six new stagings, three dance productions with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Ballet Preljocaj, a tour that will touch Spain, France and Germany. A season dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi – champion of our cultural unification – conceived for the year when Torino will be the centre of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
The season begins on 5 October with the new staging of Boris Godunov (5-17/10), Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, with the stage direction by Andrei Konchalovsky, the Russian artist well-known to cinema fans, who will bring to the Regio stage a great representation of Russian history of the sixth century: the ferocious struggle for the throne after the death of Ivan the Terrible. Opening the season could be none other than Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, keen expert and pre-eminent interpreter of this repertoire. In the cast, Orlin Anastassov, Ian Storey, Peter Bronder, Sergej Aleksaškin, Vladimir Matorin, Evgenij Akimov and Vasilij Ladjuk. Chorus master will be Roberto Gabbiani, and the Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory will be prepared by Claudio Fenoglio.
In November (10-23/11) another new staging will be presented, the one that Damiano Michieletto, sensational young director from Venice, has created for Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. The direction has been entrusted to Pinchas Steinberg, first-class musician of great international experience. The protagonist will be the Chinese soprano Hui He, who gained the attention of the musical world in 2000 after winning Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition and becoming the Cio-Cio-San for antonomasia. With her as Pinkerton is Massimiliano Pisapia. Chorus Master is Claudio Fenoglio. The production of Madama Butterfly is realised with the backing of Italdesign Giugiaro.
In December the long-awaited appointment with the dance. This year, protagonists for two fairy-tale ballets are the historical Ballets de Monte-Carlo, whose roots date back to the early 1900s, when Sergei Diagilev made Monte Carlo his home. After numerous changes and closures, the company returned to life in 1985 thanks to the intervention of the Her Highness, the Princess of Hannover, who, thanks to a passion that has profound traditions in the reigning Monegasque family, managed to bring them back to the height of international fame. The Ballets de Monte-Carlo will perform, in the choreographic version of director Jean-Christophe Maillot, two masterpieces inspired by the genius of fairy-tales, Charles Perrault: Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev (4-15/12) and La Belle (18-23/12), based on Tchaikovsky’s music for Sleeping Beauty. On the podium of the Teatro Regio Orchestra will be Nicolas Brochot.
The new year (26/1 - 6/2) begins with Parsifal by Richard Wagner, presented in the staging by Federico Tiezzi, with sets by Giulio Paolini, a leading figure of conceptual art, whom the Regio wants to honour by bringing to Torino one of his most important stagings. The direction of Wagner’s opera is entrusted to the Parisian conductor Bertrand de Billy, currently Music Director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, in his debut at the Regio. Protagonists for Wagner’s last musical drama will be: Christopher Ventris, Christine Goerke Holloway, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Kwangchul Youn, Mark S.Doss and Kurt Rydl. In charge of the Chorus will be Chorus Master Roberto Gabbiani.
In March (17-29/3), the month when the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy begin, the Regio joins in the festivities with a new staging of I Vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Davide Livermore together with a closely knit team made up of set designer Santi Centineo and costume designer Giusi Giustino. I Vespri, an extremely difficult opera because of the theatrical and musical commitment required, whose story about Sicily in 1282 fighting against French invaders has become a symbol of the rebellion of a people victim “of the insolence of their rulers”, seems to us to be the appropriate title for underlining Giuseppe Verdi’s role as “bard of heroic deeds of the Risorgimento”. An opera which is also emblematic of the “Risorgimento” of the Regio, that of 1973 when, with the stage direction of Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano, it was chosen to inaugurate the rebuilt theatre. The conductor will be Gianandrea Noseda and Chorus Master Roberto Gabbiani. Among the protagonists: Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde, Franco Vassallo and Ildar Abdrazakov.
Continuing with the operas emblematic of Verdi, again in March (25/3), Nabucco, c’era una volta la figlia di un re, presented in a new production realised together with As.Li.Co. and conceived for the audience of La Scuola all’Opera, the activity that Teatro Regio has been dedicating to children for a long time now. This is the theatrical adaptation of one of Verdi’s most famous operas, in which the young audience will figure among the protagonists, singing sections of the opera that they have studied during the academic year. On stage will be other young interpreters, winners of the 62nd As.Li.Co. Competition for Young European Opera Singers. Silvia Collazuol has created the show, the conductor will be Francesco Pasqualetti.
Rigoletto, the third opera of the season’s “Verdi quartet”, will be performed in a new staging in April and May (12/4 - 8/5). The production is already the object of great curiosity in virtue of the Regio’s unprecedented decision to entrust the direction, sets and costumes to winners of the competition announced by the Regio. An initiative which has met with great interest, judging by the number of applicants, and which we strongly hope will contribute to widening the horizon and developing more solutions for stage direction. On the podium for Verdi’s opera will be Patrick Fournillier, a hugely successful conductor in the most important theatres in the world; in the cast up-and-coming young singers like Franco Vassallo, Irina Lungu and Gianluca Terranova. Claudio Fenoglio is Chorus Master.
In the same period (22/4 - 7/5) another Verdi opera, La traviata, will also be performed, thus proceeding with the project that began this year and which involves alternating great opera titles on stage, in what has been defined as an “Italian version of repertoire opera”. The story of Violetta Valéry will be presented in the staging by Laurent Pelly, protagonist of both the latest inauguration and of the tour of Japan in the summer of 2010. Once again on the podium is maestro Patrick Fournillier, with a cast that includes Aleksandra Kurzak, Stefano Secco and Fabio Maria Capitanucci. Maestro Roberto Gabbiani will direct the Chorus.
The month of May will be particularly intense in view of the fact that the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio, conducted by maestro Gianandrea Noseda – untiring and impetuous artistic spirit, responsible for the international quality of the Regio – will be the protagonists of a tour, which, starting in Spain and passing through Paris to finish in Germany, will carry the name of Verdi throughout Europe. The tour begins in Castellón de la Plana, continuing with Madrid, Oviedo, Saragozza and Murcia (19-23/5), cities in which the Messa da Requiem, the Four Sacred Pieces and a selection of opera arias will be performed, with singers Daniela Barcellona, Sondra Radvanovsky, Maksim Aksënov and Ildar Abdrazakov. Instead, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (25/5) the Four Sacred Pieces and a selections from the Vespri siciliani will be proposed with Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde and Michele Pertusi, while, at the Internationale Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden, for the last appointment at the end of May, La traviata will be performed.
While the artistic forces of the theatre are on tour abroad, the Regio will host the Ballet Preljocaj in Snow White, a great romantic contemporary ballet based on the fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm, for which Angelin Preljocaj has brought together twenty-six dancers with the most beautiful sections from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. Presented for the first time in 2008 at the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, where it met with great success, it has quickly become one of the leading productions of this company founded in 1984 by the French-Albanian choreographer, thanks to the evocative capacity of the drama, the fantastic costumes of Jean-Paul Gaultier and the symbolic sets of Thierry Leproust. Snow White will be performed from 19 to 26 May.
In June and July (21/6 - 3/7) an important title of great opera returns with Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, in Graham Vick’s staging. On the podium will be not only an undisputed specialist of this repertoire but also one of the most popular conductors, maestro Bruno Campanella, engaged to conduct a cast that includes Elena Mosuc and Francesco Meli, acclaimed interpreters of bel canto. Also in the cast are Fabio Maria Capitanucci and Vitalij Kowaljov. Chorus Master will be Roberto Gabbiani. The production of Lucia di Lammermoor is realised with the backing of Eni Italgas.
The season will be extended with an extra appointment in the autumn (20-29/9), in collaboration with MITO SettembreMusica: the world premier of Leggenda by Alessandro Solbiati, a new commission by the Teatro Regio, to be performed at Teatro Carignano. The opera is dedicated to the memory of maestro Roberto Bosio, who followed closely the ideational phases of the project before leaving us prematurely in August of 2009; a gesture of affection and respect for a person who dedicated his life to music and the theatre. Leggenda is based on a famous chapter in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov, in which the Spanish Grand Inquisitor condemns to death as a heretic Christ, who has returned to earth. Creator of the show is Stefano Poda, the brilliant director of the Thaïs staged two years ago, who will transform the entire Teatro Carignano into an installation of contemporary art. The opera will be conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, whose wish it has been to make the Regio once again a promoter of contemporaneousness with the commissioning of a new work. Leading the Chorus will be maestro Roberto Gabbiani, an expert accustomed to dealing with the new challenges of today’s music.
With this title the 2010-2011 Season ends. A season that we hope can fuel a debate, a reflection on the relevance of opera and its stagings; a season that reconfirms the international quality of Teatro Regio and at the same time the desire to proceed with production and artistic efforts addressed to the public and made possible with the continuing presence of the Members of the Foundation, and in particular, the intense commitment of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and Gruppo Fondiaria SAI, which, for the seventh straight year, will sponsor the inaugural evening. Also continuing is the partnership with Rai-Radio3 for the broadcast of the operas on the play-bill and the collaboration with Rai Trade for the production of dvds.
To respond to the growing demand of the public, the numerous types of season tickets have been increased, thus giving everyone the possibility to create a personal itinerary within the season. A choice can be made from season tickets of 9, 8, 6 or 4 shows, and, new this year, season tickets of 3 Verdi operas and 3 ballets, besides the Armonie season ticket created with the Teatro Stabile. From 8 June it will be possible to subscribe for new season tickets, while tickets to individual performances can be purchased beginning on 12 June. A novelty this year is the addition of a point of sale at the InfoPiemonte–TorinoCultura, at the corner of via Garibaldi and piazza Castello.
For details, consult our site at www.teatroregio.torino.it or visit the Box office – tel. 011.8815.241/242; e-mail email@example.com; opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday 10.30-18, Saturdays 10.30-16.
For further information - Tel. 011.8815.557.
Torino, 24 May 2010
Head of the Press Office