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Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino
The Orchestra of the Teatro Regio descends from an ensemble founded at the end of the 19th century by Arturo Toscanini, under whose direction numerous concerts and historic opera productions were staged, including the first Italian performance of Götterdämmerung by Wagner and the world premières of Manon Lescaut and La bohème by Puccini.
During its long history, the Orchestra has demonstrated a marked versatility in confronting both the standard repertoire and many works of the 20th century, such as Gargantua by Corghi and Leggenda by Solbiati. It has performed with the most renowned soloists and has been conducted by such internationally famous conductors as Roberto Abbado, Ahronovič, Bartoletti, Bychkov, Campanella, Gelmetti, Gergiev, Hogwood, Luisi, Luisotti, Maag, Oren, Pidò, Sado, Steinberg, Tate and finally Gianandrea Noseda, who occupy the position of Music Director of the Teatro Regio from 2007. It has also accompanied important ballet companies like the Bolshoi of Moscow and the Mariinsky of St. Petersburg.
Many times the Orchestra has been invited to foreign festivals and theatres; in the last five years, in particular, it has been guest, together with maestro Noseda, in Germany, Spain, Austria, France and Switzerland. In summer 2010 it carried out a triumphant tour in Japan and China with Traviata and Bohème, a great success largely repeated in 2013 with "Regio Japan Tour". In 2014, after the tour in Saint Petersburg and Edinburgh, it took place the first tour in United States and Canada with performances of William Tell by Rossini. Three important international events in 2016: Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino have been guest of honour at 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival with Simon Boccanegra and Messa da Requiem by Verdi, plus two concerts; in Paris and in Essen with Lucia di Lammermoor unstaged, Diana Damrau in the title role; at the memorable Savonlinna Opera Festival with La bohème and Norma.
Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino appear on DVD of some of the most interesting productions of recent seasons: Medea, Edgar, Thaïs, Adriana Lecouvreur, Boris Godunov, Un ballo in maschera, I Vespri siciliani, Don Carlo, Faust and Aida. Among the most recent recordings with Orchestra and Chorus, all conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, there are: Second Symphony by Mahler (Fonè), the cd Fiamma del Belcanto with Diana Damrau (Warner Classics/Erato), reviewed by «New York Times» as one of the 25 best classical music albums of 2015, three Deutsche Grammophon CDs, two of them dedicated to Verdi with Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko, one dedicated to Mozart with Ildebrando D'Arcangelo; for Chandos Four Sacred Pieces by Verdi and Magnificat e Salmo IX by Petrassi.
Furthermore, Teatro Regio Torino is the only Italian opera house participating in The Opera Platform, the digital project supported by the European Commission.
Oboe and English horn
Orchestra Inspector Gabriele Sosso
° First chair players
* Teatro Regio is grateful to Fondazione Pro Canale of Milano for making available their instruments to professors Sergey Galaktionov (violin Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Torino 1772), Stefano Vagnarelli (violin Francesco Ruggeri, Cremona 1686), Marco Polidori (violin Alessandro Gagliano, Napoli 1725 ca), Cecilia Bacci (violin Santo Serafino, Venezia 1725), Enrico Carraro (viola Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia 1600 ca.), Marina Bertolo (violin Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, Milano 1751), Relja Lukic (cello Giovanni Francesco Celoniato, Torino 1732) and Bartolomeo Angelillo (violin Bernardo Calcanius, Genova 1756).
• Teatro Regio is grateful to Fondazione Zegna for the contribution given to the winner of the Competion for First Viola