Opera and Ballet

A Florentine Tragedy - Gianni Schicchi

The sounds of fin de siècle for a premiere at the Regio

Teatro Regio, Friday, 21st March, 2014 at 20:00

From 21st to 30th March the Teatro Regio offers an unusual diptych: A Florentine Tragedy (Eine Florentinische Tragödie) by Alexander von Zemlinsky (first performance in Turin) and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, two one-act operas that will enrich the program of March with outstanding nine performances. On the podium of the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio is Stefan Anton Reck, director recognized worldwide as a specialist in the repertoire of the early twentieth century and a former pupil of masters like Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado and Seiji Ozawa.

A crime of passion and a roguish scam in Renaissance Florence: this is, in a nutshell, the argument of these two operas. The director Vittorio Borrelli, for the setting at the Teatro Regio, imagined two apartments at the beginning of 20th century, exactly the period when both operas was written. There are several different opera singers in these two operas in order to place emphasis on the contrasting vocal aspects that characterize both operas. The deep and seductive voice of the baritone Mark S. Doss will animate the character of Simone in A Florentine Tragedy performing alongside the amazing soprano Ángeles Blancas Gulín and the tenor Zoran Todorovich, applauded for his vocal power and his dramatic presence. In the role of Simone, Doss alternates with Tommi Hakala (performances on 22, 25, 27, 29th March).

Opera and Ballet

The unusual diptych Zemlinsky & Puccini


Puccini’s masterpiece, the first Italian opera of the twentieth century, in the celebrated settings of Jean-Louis Grinda


Teatro Regio, Thursday, 13th March 2014 at 20:00




The ancient Chinese fable. A metaphor of existence in the sumptuous staging of Giuliano Montaldo, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg

Teatro Regio, Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 20:00

Madama Butterfly

The tragedy of Puccini in awesome construction created by Damiano Michieletto. Live at cinemas

Teatro Regio, Saturday 1st February 2014

After Verdi and Rossini, Madame Butterfly comes into play, presenting the third great protagonist of the Opera Season 2013-2014: Giacomo Puccini. Based on our musical heritage, the current season is presenting famous operatic titles to retrace all the main stages of the history of Italian opera, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.

On Saturday 1st, Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th February, at 20:00, the Teatro Regio offers the emblematic Puccini's masterpiece, created by Damiano Michieletto for our Theatre in 2010. The recitation of 4th February, reflecting the innovative dramatic reading of the director, will be broadcast live in HD over cinemas in all the world and over eighty cinemas across the country as part of the program "The great 2013-2014 live season," and at the same time on Rai - Radio3. The opera will also be broadcast on the digital channel Rai5 on Thursday 13th February at 21:15 and on Sunday 16th February at 10:00.

The “Enfant prodige” of the Italian opera, Michieletto, in his early thirties and winner of the Abbiati Prize in 2007, suggest a re-reading of Madame Butterfly from a contemporary point of view. The exoticism in Madame Butterfly, at the time of its premiere at ‘La Scala’ in 1904, was represented by the kimono, the ‘sensu’ (the typical Japanese fan) and the sumptuous obi. Today, in the era of globalization, these items are not symbols of a far off land, but mere objects that have lost their deeper meaning and origin. From these reflections Michieletto could recreate the opera, covering Butterfly with new symbols.

The magic flute

A delicate balance between good and evil
A magic opera by Mozart

Teatro Regio, Friday 10th January 2014 at 20:00

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a Singspiel full of magic and mystery. The opera will be shown at the Teatro Regio from 10th to 21st January 2014 in fairy tale scenery, directed by Roberto Andò. On the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio is the conductor Christian Arming, an austrian director acclaimed worldwide by audiences for his interpretations of Mozart's pages.

The Magic Flute is an opera of deep contents, almost mystical; however, Roberto Andò has not lost sight of that freshness which Mozart himself thought of, to make his opera light yet suitable for the public. “Mozart - says the director - showed his scientific interests and his love for Egypt in the Magic Flute. Unfortunately, over the years, the focus shifted from it being theatrical to the point of losing sight of the wonderful intersections between popular taste and some aspects of thought. I wanted to keep it simple, bringing back its lightness and elements of surprise, drawing from a theatrical model in keeping singing-actors on stage.”

Verdi Gala


The best of the opera. The best of food

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 18th December at 19:00 and
Sunday 22nd December at 18:00

Two special events to close the year that celebrated the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. Verdi Gala: on Wednesday 18th December at 19:00 and Sunday 22nd December at 18:00. An event that shows the sum of three intense operas: Macbeth, Il Trovatore e Aida combined with culinary delights of the land of Verdi, offered by Eataly. Opera and food: which proved to be very popular abroad, the Regio is offering this unusual combination for the first time, thanks to the support of the Amici del Regio. Amici del Regio is an association that brings together people who love art, culture and music, and that, a year after its foundation, has decided to cover the soloists’ wages, allowing the proceeds of the two evenings to be allocated to the initiatives that the theatre aims at young people.

The Gala Verdi, also marks the beginning of a collaboration with Eataly, a partnership that embraces the best of music and the best of the earth’s products: two great passions of Giuseppe Verdi, a tribute that would surely have pleased the Master. Giuseppe Giacosa, as a journalist, wrote in 1889: “Verdi is neither a great eater, nor choosy. He is fine at the table like all healthy, wise and sober man, but most of all he loves seeing the happiness around him through his guests. The sincere cheerfulness that accompanies pleasurable and delicious meals: he is a disciplined man, and as such, he believes that every aspect of life should have his moment of prevalence. He is an artist, and rightly considers the meals as a work of art.”

Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon

Limb’s Theorem and Giselle
Two great classics of the contemporary repertoire interpreted by the “corps de ballet” of the Opera of Lyon, for the first time at the Teatro Regio.

Teatro Regio, from 29th November to 7th December 2013

The Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon begins its European tour in Turin. The Teatro Regio will host the ballet company performing two ballets with strong contemporary twist: Limb's Theorem by William Forsythe with music by Thom Willems (29, 30 November at 20:0 and 1st December at 15:00) and Giselle choreographed by Mats Ek on the famous score by Adolphe-Charles Adam (5, 6 December at 20:00 and on 7th December at 15:00).

The Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon, a company of classical dancers devoted to contemporary music, is one of the best known dance companies in the world. Its current director, Yorgos Loukos, has worked towards, since the early nineties, the diffusion of contemporary choreographic language, building a repertoire of 93 titles, 48 of which have been specially created for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon. All the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century have collaborated with the French team, enriching it with new aesthetic proposals and strengthening its contemporary identity. Americans talents such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones and the Europeans Jirí Kylián, Sasha Waltz and Philippe Decouflé, just to name a few, have always found in the company Lyonnaise the perfect tool to create and implement their own artistic language.

Opera and Ballet

The seductive dance by Le Ballet de Lyon

Verdi, narrar cantando

A tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, a first ever seen premiere by Marco Paolini and Mario Brunello

Teatro Regio, Thursday 14th November 2013 20.30
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November at 20.30
Singing lesson for the popular chorus at 18.30 Piccolo Regio

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