Children’s Chorus

Children’s chorusThe Children’s chorus of the Teatro Regio and the «Giuseppe Verdi» Conservatory of Torino came into being at the end of 1997 as a result of the collaboration of these two institutions. Since then and until 2008 it had been directed by Maestro Claudio Marino Moretti, who was followed by Maestro Claudio Fenoglio. Under the direction of John Mauceri, together with the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio it participated in the 1997 Christmas concert, and in June 1998, in Turandot with the direction by Zhang Yimou. In October 1998 it sang in The Nutcracker by Maurice Béjart for the inauguration of the XI edition of the Torinodanza International Festival of Ballet.

Since 1999 it has performed as an independent group in numerous concerts around the region for concert associations and volunteer groups. On June 28 2000 at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, it took part, with the Suzuki Orchestra of Torino, in the Children’s Day at the World Summit during the UN conference for the elimination of child labour, in the presence of Heads of State and UN delegates. Since 2000 it has been involved in a series of collaborations with the principal civic concert institutions, including the Rai National Symphony Orchestra (War Requiem by Britten conducted by Mistislav Rostropovich in 2000, Scenes from Goethe’s Faust conducted by Jeffrey Tate in 2001, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff conducted by Zoltán Peskó in 2002; also in 2002 the Christmas Concert at the Basilica of Assisi, with the chorus of the Slovic Philharmonic and singers Mirella Freni e Ruggero Raimondi, broadcast by the Rai after the Pope’s Christmas greetings), Torino Settembre Musica ( Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester conducted by Zubin Mehta in 2004) and Unione Musicale (Sacred cantatas by J. S. Bach with the Academia Montis Regalis in 2003). In October 2005 it also took part in the International Festival of Children’s Choruses that took place in Torino at the Church of Santa Pelagia. For the Opera Seasons of Teatro Regio, it has participated in the productions of Assassinio nella cattedrale by Ildebrando Pizzetti and Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt (2000), Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo and the ballet The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (2001), Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito (2002), Tosca and Orfeo all’inferno (2003), Werther (2005), La Bohème (2004 and 2006, revived for the Cultural Olympics) and finally Carmen by Bizet in 2006.

The chorus has been intensely involved in activities for School at the Opera and Piccolo Regio Laboratorio, beginning with the chamber opera by Britten, The Little Sweep (2002, 2003, 2005), and continuing with the musical fairy-tale Ciottolino by Luigi Ferrari Trecate (2004, 2010), the recording of music composed by Giovanni D’Aquila for the ballet Il signor Re Diesis e la signorina Mi Bemolle (2004), the shows La nave a tre piani by Carlo Boccadoro (2005), the rewritings of  famous operas as C?era una volta un flauto magico (Once upon a Time there was a Magic Flute) taken from Mozart’s Singspiel (2006) and Cenerentola, ovvero Angelina e la magia del cuore (Cinderella, or Angelina and the Magic of the Heart) from the Rossini's opera (2008); finally the titles staged on the occasion of Remembrance day (27th of January): Brundibár by Hans Krása (2006, 2007) and Anna, o Il percorso della memoria (Anna, or The course of memory) di Enrico Maria Ferrando (2008, 2009).