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Almost hidden – but quite visible from its two entrances in the Galleria Francesco Tamagno – the Piccolo Regio, named after Giacomo Puccini on 31 January 1996 on the occasion of the events celebrating the centenary of La Bohème, has been for a long time now the place of experimentation and cultural exchange of the Teatro Regio of Torino. Not infrequently, its stage is also testimony to visiting events such as plays and important jazz concerts. In the same venue are held performances for the schools and conferences to present the titles of the Opera and Ballet Season.
The foyer of the Piccolo Regio can be reached through two glass doors facing the Galleria Francesco Tamagno. The elegant staircases in white marble lead to the padded surroundings below. The foyer, like the auditorium of the Piccolo Regio, was completely restructured in 1988 to adapt to the new fire-protection laws, and the original green carpeting that lined the floors, walls and ceilings was replaced by mirrors and metallic elements. The new carpeting on the floor repeats, with different colours, Mollino’s original design, found in the Regio foyer.
The auditorium is made up of only stalls (seating capacity 380), from which an excellent view of the stage can be enjoyed regardless of the position. Like the foyer, there is pink and green pastel carpeting. On the walls, six panels by Lele Luzzati stand out (produced in 1981 for Il Matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa), representing in an ironic and naïf way the atmosphere of eighteenth-century theatre boxes.
The stage of the Piccolo Regio has a reduced proscenium, but is highly considered, being equipped with suitable facilities for different types of performances. It has five lifts of 9 metres in width by 1 in depth, with a range of movement with respect to the level of the auditorium of 0 to +1 m. The stage has a maximum height of 3,8 metres.
The Sala del Pavone
La Sala del Pavone is a hall adjacent to the auditorium of the Piccolo Regio, used mainly for conferences and didactic activities. Before the restoration in 1988, the space was used as a bar (today at the end of the foyer). Restoration work included equipping the hall with tables with foldaway monitors and microphones, a roll-up screen for projections as well as a video-projection system connected to the main auditorium.