Opera and Ballet

The Nutcracker

The great tradition of Russian ballet

Teatro Regio, Friday 11 December 2009 at 8 pm

On Friday 11 December the long-awaited event of The Nutcracker, the ballet with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky on the libretto by  Marius Petipa, based on the short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann, will open. Starring at the Regio will be the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg which will present, for fourteen performances through 23 December, the 1934 choreography by Vasilij Vajnonen, revived by Altynaj Asylmuratova, the academy’s director.

This will be the only Italian engagement for the historic ballet school of St. Petersburg – founded officially in 1738 at the request of Empress Anna Johannovna as the Imperial Theatrical Institute – which, in its nearly 300 year history, has formed the best dancers in the world: Anna Pavlova, Vaclav Nižinskij, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalija Makarova, Michail Baryshnikov and Agrippina Vaganova, who was director and to whom, in 1957, the school was dedicated. Today it is directed by the former star of the Mariinsky Theatre Altynaj Asylmuratova. The same Mariinsky Theatre, with its  Kirov Ballet, counts among its ranks the greatest number of Academy graduates. The Torino performances, therefore,  provide a magnificent occasion for seeing ballet stars of the future.

Tancredi

Stars of bel canto on stage for Rossini

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 25 November 2009 at 8 pm

After the extraordinary success of Traviata, on Wednesday 25 November the Teatro Regio will present a new production of Tancredi by Gioachino Rossini. This masterpiece, with which the twenty-one-year-old composer from Pesaro made a name for himself as a master of opera seria, will be conducted by Kristjan Järvi, the thirty-seven-year-old American who belongs to an important family of musicians coming from Esthonia. Yannis Kokkos will be responsible for the stage direction, sets and costumes. The all-Italian cast will feature the most important specialists of bel canto: Daniela Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi, Antonino Siragusa and Simone Del Savio. The Chorus Master is Claudio Fenoglio.

With Tancredi the Regio continues its policy of international co-productions, renewing its partnership with the Teatro Real of Madrid, together with the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcellona and the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville.

La Traviata

Gianandrea Noseda on the podium for the inauguration 
Laurent Pelly directs for the first time in Italy

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 14 October 2009 at 8 pm

Inaugurating the Teatro Regio season on Wednesday 14 October will be a new staging of La traviata. The great masterpiece of Giuseppe Verdi’s creative genius will be conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. For the first time in Italy, Laurent Pelly – director of the Théâtre National de Toulouse – will be responsible for the stage direction and costumes, while sets are by Chantal Thomas and lighting by Duane Schuler. Featured in Verdi’s opera will be Elena Mosuc and Carlos Álvarez, for the first time on stage in Torino, and Francesco Meli, who has chosen the Teatro Regio for his debut in the role of Alfredo. The Chorus Master is Roberto Gabbiani.

The new staging, realised by the Teatro Regio in co-production with the Santa Fe Opera Festival, proposes – eight years after the last production in Torino – one of the most emblematic titles of the great repertoire, which has never failed to stir audiences, and which the Teatro Regio will take on tour – together with La bohème – to Japan in July 2010.

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The image of the new Season (Phoenix Adv)
Opera and Ballet Season 2009-10

Adriana Lecouvreur

The paramount play within a play in the opera by Cilea

Teatro Regio, Tuesday 23 June 2009 at 8 pm

Tuesday 23 June at Teatro Regio, to conclude the 2008-2009 opera season, Adriana Lecouvreur, the opera by Francesco Cilea on the libretto by Arturo Colautti from the play by Eugène Scribe and Ernest-Wilfrid Legouvé, will begin its run of performances. With  staging by the Teatro di San Carlo of Naples, the Regio offers a work of elegant sensitivity, an Italian opera which looks back to French theatre, with Renato Palumbo conducting and Lorenzo Mariani responsible for the stage direction. Sets are by Nicola Rubertelli, costumes by Luisa Spinatelli and lighting by Claudio Schmid. The chorus is under the direction of Maestro Claudio Fenoglio.

Rai Trade, with whom a profitable collaboration continues, will produce a DVD of the opera.

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

Davide Livermore’s rendition of the great Baroque wonder

Teatro Carignano, Friday 12 June 2009 at 8 pm

Friday 12 June in the splendid hall of the renovated Teatro Carignano Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, the serenata a tre by George Frideric Handel, on the libretto by Nicola Giuvo, will be presented for the first time in Torino. The staging of this work by Handel, on the 250° anniversary of his death this year, is part of an important project, created by the Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de’ Turchini and realised thanks to the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, which also includes the renovation of the Teatro di Corte of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli. And it is this same Compagnia that has accomplished a cultural bridge between Torino and Naples, making this new production possible thanks to its important support. The staging of Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, realized by the Teatro Regio in co-production with the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, is by the talented and established director Davide Livermore. Costumes are by Giusi Giustino. The musical performance has been entrusted to the Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini, an orchestra specializing in Neapolitan Baroque repertoire, directed by Antonio Florio.

Opera and Ballet Season 2009-2010

L'Opera vincerà

Eleven titles, six new stagings – five of which are co-productions with important Italian and foreign opera theatres –, great ballet with The Nutcracker, closer ties with  the Teatro Stabile and an important tour in Japan and China: this is the new Regio season, the clearest demonstration of the capacity and desire of the Theatre to invest, a concrete response to a crisis that has brought about, in Italy, an unprecedented drop in public and private contributions, forcing many theatres to drastically reduce their performances. 

Convinced of the unavoidable importance of music in the cultural patrimony of Italy, we believe that the cornerstone of our commitment is the public, whom we ask to continue actively supporting us in order to maintain our high level of quality which is internationally recognised, as is demonstrated by the presence of our productions in the most prestigious theatres of the Far East.

The other important element in the life of the theatre is the continuous presence of the Members of the Foundation, and in particular, the generous commitment of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and Gruppo Fondiaria SAI, which will  sponsor the inaugural evening for the sixth consecutive year.

La traviata

Comunicato stampa collegato: 
Luogo: 
Teatro Regio

Playbill

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
based on drama La Dame aux camélias
by Alexandre Dumas son

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Characters Cast
Violetta Valéry soprano
 
Elena Mosuc
Irina Lungu
(17, 20, 22, 24, 28)
Alfredo Germont tenor
 
Francesco Meli
Andrea Carè (17, 20, 22, 24, 28)
Giorgio Germont baritone
 

Carlos Álvarez
Angelo Veccia (17, 20, 22, 24, 28)

East Season

Comunicato stampa collegato: 
Luogo: 
Japan and China tour

Playbill

Japan and China tour

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio
Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory

 

Conductor

Gianandrea Noseda

Chorus master

Roberto Gabbiani

Children's chorus master

Claudio Fenoglio

 


La traviata

With Natalie Dessay,
Matthew Polenzani, Laurent Naouri

Stage direction and costumes Laurent Pelly - Sets Chantal Thomas

JAPAN - TOKYO, BUNKA KAIKAN
23, 26, 29 July and 1 August
 

La bohème

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