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Teatro Regio, Sunday 5 October 2008 - Wednesday 22 October 2008

Sponsored by Gruppo Fondiaria Sai

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

The impossible loves of a poet

Teatro Regio, Friday 30 January 2009 at 8 pm

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), the unfinished opera by composer Jacques Offenbach, on the libretto by Jules Barbier from the novel of the same name by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, will open on Friday 30 January at Teatro Regio.

With the staging by Teatro Regio, realized in co-production with Teatro Real de Madrid, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv, one of the most atypical titles of French opera is proposed, one which Italian audiences find  delightful though not well-known (the last production in Torino was 35 years ago). The stage direction is by  Nicolas Joël, who for health reasons will not be able to be present; Stephane Roche will be standing in for him. On the podium Emmanuel Villaume, who returns to Torino after having conducted the production of Ariane et Barbe-Bleue last season. The sets are by Ezio Frigerio while Franca Squarciapino has created the costumes. The chorus of the Teatro Regio will be directed by Maestro Claudio Fenoglio. Lighting is by Vinicio Cheli.

The opera, realized with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, will be broadcast live by Rai Radio3 on Friday 30 January.

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Costume sketch (First act) by Stefano Poda
A great production for Thaïs


The world of Thaïs according to Stefano Poda
and Gianandrea Noseda
Barbara Frittoli chooses the Regio for her debut in the role

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 10 December 2008 at 8 pm

Thaïs  will open on Wednesday 10th december at Teatro Regio; a mature work by the composer Jules Massenet on the libretto by Louis Gallet, it is based on the novel of the same name by Anatole France. The new production of this rarely performed work is the result of more than a year of close collaboration between the forces of the Theatre and  Stefano Poda, responsible, for the first time in Italy, for the direction, choreography, sets, lighting and costumes. On the podium, Gianandrea Noseda, who, seduced by the dramatic force and modernity of the orchestral writing, will conduct Thaïs for the first time; a debut also for the protagonist Barbara Frittoli, who has chosen the Regio to make her debut in this difficult role. The chorus of the Teatro Regio will be directed by Maestro Roberto Gabbiani.

Thaïs, realized thanks to the support of the Fondazione CRT, one of the most important Founding Members of the Teatro Regio, will be broadcast live by Rai Radio3 on 10 December, while Rai Trade, with whom a profitable collaboration continues, will realise a DVD.


Cherubini’s masterpiece opens the 2008-09 Opera Season
Evelino Pidò conducts the opera with staging by Hugo de Ana, protagonist Anna Caterina Antonacci

Teatro Regio, Sunday 5 October 2008 at 7 pm

A rapidly-growing Teatro Regio, which with great satisfaction  has achieved many of its pre-established objectives, inaugurates the new Season with Medea on Sunday 5 October at 7 pm.  The Torinese Maestro Evelino Pidò conducts Luigi Cherubini’s masterpiece, to be presented for the first time at the Teatro Regio, in a new staging by Hugo de Ana. On stage, an extraordinary cast, with Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role, which she confronts for the first time in Italy; with her, Giuseppe Filianoti, Cinzia Forte, Sara Mingardo and Giovanni Battista Parodi. There will also be the debut of Maestro Roberto Gabbiani as the new Chorus Master,  beginning in this way his collaboration with the Theatre.

The Gruppo Fondiaria Sai will once again, for the fifth consecutive year, sponsor the inaugural evening, strengthening even further its ties with the Regio and its city.


The rediscovered opera by Puccini on stage for the first time

Teatro Regio – Wednesday 25 June 2008 at 8 pm

The extraordinary appointment with the last opera of the 2007-08 Opera Season of the Teatro Regio.

Wednesday 25 June the contemporary public will be able to hear, for the first time, the original version in four acts of Edgar by Giacomo Puccini. Thanks to the rediscovery of the manuscript score, after 119 years since the first and only performance in Milan in 1889 and after numerous versions condensing the opera in three acts, it will again be possible to hear the original opera that Puccini wrote, based on the dramatic poem La Coupe et les lèvres by Alfred de Musset. Among the “rediscovered” pieces, thanks to the collaboration and enthusiasm of the composer’s granddaughter, Simonetta Puccini, an aria for the protagonist in the first act; a double chorus for the principal roles and Tigrana’s brilliant toast in the second act; a long orchestral prelude, an aria for Fidelia and a love duet between Fidelia and Edgar in the fourth act.

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Julia Gertseva  (Tigrana) and José Cura (Edgar)
The contemporary première of the original Edgar

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Opera in crescendo

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Sketch by Giovanni Grandi realized for the performances of The Queen of Spades in Saint Petersburg in 1914
Queen of Spades, masterpiece by Tchaikovsky

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Stage photo of this production
A historic Don Pasquale
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