Season 2012-13 The Opera without limits

The Regio reinvents itself

In this new Season there will be: eleven operas that have particularly shaped the path of melodrama; thirteen different dates with the choreography by Béjart Ballet Lausanne that made their mark in the dance of the twentieth century; concerts in many European capitals and, in 2013, a new tour in Japan.

The Teatro Regio rises in times of crisis. Despite the gradual reduction of public funds - over 10% this year - the Regio increases production by adopting a strategy that testifies against the uniqueness of our situation on the national scene: a growing public demand, an innovative labour agreement that can increase production capacity while keeping costs the same, a solid relationship with Members of the Historical Foundation and the beginning of new partnerships.

The theatre has made the choice of presenting the great classics of the opera in what has been called our 'Italian opera Repertoire’ which will be presented also in the 2012-2013 Season. This directory will provide to be rather virtuous judging by the revenue 21% rise this year and the total approval of the public. But beyond the numbers, we followed the increase in production not only to optimize even more available resources, but also to expand a more vast cultural choice. 

The viewers of the next Season will have at their disposal, a choice that promises to be greatly comprehensive in terms of time: the late eighteenth century of Don Giovanni by Mozart and Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa, followed by Rossini's Italiana in Algeri and the Elisir d’amore by Donizetti. The bel canto of the nineteenth-century to the first great romantic opera of Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer moving on to two titles of the mid nineteenth century with La traviata and Don Carlo by Verdi, the French opera par excellence. Bizet's Carmen, to the refined sensibility of the late - nineteenth century with Evgenij Onegin by Tchaikovsky, to finally arrive at the two faces of the Italian ‘verismo’ with La bohème by Puccini and Andrea Chénier by Giordano.

The link between the two Seasons that of 2011-2012 entitled “To Love” with the current one will be done with the opera Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), which will open the Season Première night on 12th October. Der fliegende Holländer is a suitable tribute to celebrate Richard Wagner’s 200th birth anniversary in 2013. At the same time it creates the opportunity to see in Italy, a truly stunning production created by Willy Decker to the Opera House in Paris. On the podium of both Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio is the great Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. Mr. Noseda who, although, is at the apex of his international career has decided to dedicate more time and energy to the Regio which is a clear sign of his beliefs in the growing power of the theatre. 

The director Calixto Bieito, who can look at an opera and profoundly understand it, is this year’s director of Carmen by Georges Bizet. Bieito has recently won the Premio Abbiati with the same opera in a co-production alongside the Regio. And to conduct this masterpiece, Yutaka Sado, a first class artist, was invited by Regio after having had years of partnership with the theatre. The main character is Anita Rachvelishvili, who had her debut in the same role at the premier night at the Teatro alla Scala three years ago. Carmen will be on stage in November (13th-25th). 

We pay tribute to the fifth year of the death of Maurice Béjart, who was an exceptional dancer and choreographer, hosting the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the company he founded and which today keeps alive the legacy of one of great artists of the twentieth century from 30th November to 14th December. On stage some of the choreography, which made Béjart immortal as L'Oiseau de feu, Le Sacre du printemps and Boléro.

In January (from 15th-30th) is the turn of Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano with two exceptional players: Marcelo Álvarez and Micaela Carosi. On the podium is Renato Palumbo and to complete this team that in 2009 decreed its success with Adriana Lecouvreur, even on DVD. The staging has been signed by Lamberto Puggelli. 

Also in January (19th-29th) four performances especially designed for the ‘non-subscriber audience’ who wish to approach some popular operas we will offer La bohème by Giacomo Puccini in its traditional setting with the scenes and costumes by Eugenio Guglielminetti, taken from Saverio Santoliquido, Claudia Boasso and Laura Viglione and directed by Vittorio Borrelli. This is the same production we have shown, with great success, in Shanghai in the event of the Expo. On the podium again is the conductor Renato Palumbo, a recognized interpreter of the Italian repertoire.

We are pleased to welcome, for the first time, the great English conductor Christopher Hogwood, a star of countless recordings, including all the symphonies of Mozart. Hogwood was invited to direct Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Regio in February (15th-24th). On stage, a cast of Mozart's finest performers such as Carlos Álvarez, Eva Mei, Carmela Remigio, Carlo Lepore, Tomislav Mužek and Rocío Ignacio. The show is designed for the Regio by Michele Placido.

According to what we might call "not a Season ticket opera", staging on March 5th to 13th, is La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi with settings by Laurent Pelly, who won the Critics' Prize at the Japanese tour. Among the players we welcome the great Director Corrado Rovaris, Patrizia Ciofi and Nicola Alaimo.

Eleven years after its last performance Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa is back on March (14th – 24th). This opera will be directed by the young Francesco Pasqualetti leading a cast who works extremely well together, is guaranteed fun, thanks to the verve of Roberto de Candia, Barbara Bargnesi, Paolo Bordogna and Erika Grimaldi. The show is co-produced with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and it is signed by Michael Hampe.

The premiere of Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, staged on 10th April, marks an important event: that of the 40th anniversary of the rebuild of the Teatro Regio, which reopened on 10th April, 1973 with another Verdi opera, I Vespri siciliani. To celebrate the anniversary we have chosen one of our most charming productions, the one designed by Hugo de Ana, while the musical direction is by Gianandrea Noseda, who is once again confronted with one of the greatest Verdi operas. In the scene until 21st April, a cast of true champions such as Ramon Vargas, Barbara Frittoli, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ludovic Tézier and Daniela Barcellona.

Another milestone in this Season is new production, in co-production with Covent Garden Opera in London and Australia by Evgenij Onegin by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij. The show, staging in May (17th-26th), is signed by the Danish director Kasper Holten and is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, who is considered to be one of the greatest Russian performers. In the part of Tat’jana one of the Regio’s most popular performers, Svetla Vassileva is coming back. In the title role is Vasily Ladjuk, the cast also includes the wonderful voices of Nino Surguladze and Maxim Aksënov.

In June (9th-19th), L’italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini is back due to popular demand. Conducting this opera is Daniele Rustioni, one of the most talented young Italian conductors, who is capable of approaching the opera from interesting and successful ways both in the dramatic and in a more playful repertoire, as he has recently demonstrated respectively in Butterfly and Rigoletto. The whole setting is proudly "Made in Regio". Protagonists of the funny events by Rossini are: Daniela Pini, Antonino Siragusa, Roberto de Candia, Lorenzo Ragazzo and Linda Campanella.

The Season of Opera and Ballet closes with a new production by Gaetano Donizetti's Elisir d’amore, on stage on 21st to 30th June. The direction has been entrusted to Fabio Sparvoli, called to make a sweeping enactment, making this opera one of the assets of the Teatro Regio. Giampaolo Bisanti, a thirty-year-old conductor from Milan, will make his debut at the Regio. The cast includes the best of bel canto: Désirée Rancatore, Francis Meli, Fabio Maria Capitanucci and Nicola Ulivieri.

Looking at this Season’s titles it is clear the Regio’s policy regarding its productions: we confirm the great value attributed to co-productions, as demonstrated by the new Carmen and Evgenij Onegin. We have considered the use of our best productions a wise and meritorious process of revitalization of shows which would have been otherwise destined to have a too short life. The new production of Elisir d’amore has been added with the intent to create a wider choice of high quality shows for the public, made and produced by the laboratories of the theatre itself.

Regarding the direction of the orchestra, we have moved in two different ways without counting the most important presence of our Music Director, who is involved in three productions, as well as numerous concerts and appointments abroad. One way is by inviting award-winning Conductors alternating with fresh, but nonetheless talented, young conductors such as Daniele Rustioni and Francesco Pasqualetti, and that of Giampaolo Bisanti who is making his debut in this current Season. Belonging to the ranks of the award-winning ones we have Yutaka Sado, Renato Palumbo and Corrado Rovaris, who receives our warmest welcome after several Seasons and, finally, Christopher Hogwood, who we are most honoured to host for the first time.

The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio are obviously among those greatest figures of the Season. The maestro Claudio Fenoglio directs the Regio chorus and the Children's Chorus as well as the Conservatory "G. Verdi". 

The partnership between the Regio and RAI-Radio3 continues as strong as ever. The RAI-Radio3 will broadcast all the announced operas and RAI is our collaborator for the production of DVDs. 

To the public, we would like to express our immense appreciation for having consistently supported us throughout and by swarming every single performance; we offer a different way to purchase tickets, in order to meet growing demand. 

Everyone has the opportunity to create a personal choice within the opera Season choosing a Season ticket of 9, 6, 5 and 4 performances. From 6th June, you can book tickets for 9 new shows. Season tickets for 6, 5 and 4 performances can be purchased from 9th June. The subscription ‘Armonie’, created with the Teatro Stabile, will be available from 16th June. The ticket combination choices can be purchased from 7th July. All other tickets will be on sale from 8th September. Tickets for individual performances may be purchased from the 30th June. 

For further information, please visit our website on or contact the Theatre Box Office - Phone 011.8815.241/242;; opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10.30-18:00. Saturdays 10.30-16:00. For more information please call:  Phone 011.8815.557.

Turin, 5th June 2012

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