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In the summer of 2010, the Teatro Regio will be the protagonist of an important tour of Japan and China, where it is the only Italian opera company to be invited to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Thus, one of the most prestigious events of the Regio’s long artistic life is set in motion. Taking opera to Tokyo and Yokohama is surely a sign of the artistic maturity that the Regio has attained in recent years and which has grown with the presence of Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, an impetuous and captivating spirit for all the artistic forces.
In Japan, at the Bunka Kaikan of Tokyo – one of the most important concert halls in the country – we will be staging our new production of La Traviata (23, 26, 29 July and 1 August). The protagonist of Verdi’s opera will be the international star Natalie Dessay.
The other opera on the bill is La bohème (25, 28 and 31 July), with staging by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi; the protagonist for the occasion is one of the most famous Italian singers in the world, Barbara Frittoli.
Also programmed is an important concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, on 24 July, to be conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, who will direct all the performances, together with Chorus Master Roberto Gabbiani.
The tour will continue in China in August with another Bohème (4 and 6 August) in Eugenio Guglielminetti’s version, to be presented at the Grand Theatre of Shanghai. Finally, in the auditorium built expressly for the World Exposition, the last concert, a Gala dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi, a figure indissolubly connected to Italian culture, will be held on 5 August.
This tour clearly represents an accolade for the Regio, which finds its quality, competitiveness and reliability recognised, also at the international level. An objective which has been possible to reach thanks to a great commitment and the firm belief that music, and opera in particular, is an inescapable part of the Italian cultural patrimony. It is our obligation to represent it to the world as best we can.