Wagner’s «sacred drama festival» in the staging by Tiezzi and Paolini
Bertrand de Billy makes his debut at the Regio
Teatro Regio, Wednesday 26 January 2011 at 6 pm
The new year begins with Parsifal by Richard Wagner in the staging by Tuscan director Federico Tiezzi, with performances starting on Wednesday 26 January at 6 pm. Sets are by Giulio Paolini, painter, sculptor and acclaimed creator of conceptual art, to whom the Regio pays homage by bringing to Torino one of his most important stagings. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio will be led by Parisian conductor Bertrand de Billy, currently Principal Conductor of the Vienna Radio Orchestra, in his debut at the Regio; the choruses (including the Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory) will be directed by Claudio Fenoglio.
Featured in Wagner’s last work is a magnificent sextet of specialists: in the title role, British tenor Christopher Ventris, a well-known interpreter of Parsifal, which he performed at Bayreuth for three consecutive years beginning in 2008. Christine Goerke, dramatic soprano of great versatility from New York, will bring to life and penetrate the complex femininity of Kundry; another voice often heard at Bayreuth is Korean bass Kwangchul Youn, who will sing Gurnemanz, the oldest of the knights of Monsalvat. Amfortas will have the voice of German baritone Jochen Schmeckenbecher, counter-balanced by bass Mark S. Doss – unforgettable as Balstrode in last season’s Peter Grimes – as the evil Klingsor. Kurt Rydl is Titurel, Amfortas’s father.