Opera and Ballet


A new staging by a team of young artists
Patrick Fournillier conducts Verdi’s masterpiece

Teatro Regio, Tuesday 12 April 2011 at 8 pm

With Rigoletto and La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi – on stage respectively from 12 April to 8 May and from 22 April to 7 May – Teatro Regio carries on with its homage to the composer on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The Regio continues to offer (as they already did last year with Barbiere, Elisir and Bohème) popular operas of guaranteed spectacular effect, so as to combine intelligent repertory theatre with experimental direction.

As everybody knows, for the staging of Rigoletto the Regio has set out on an extremely original and, until now, unbeaten path for an opera company, relying on an international competition for the choice of stage director,  set designer and costume designer for the creation of a new production to become part of the patrimony of the Regio. An initiative that demonstrates the great interest of the Regio in creativity and in finding new solutions in stage direction and new talent. A highly successful idea, as the numbers prove:  520 applicants in 216 groups (from Italy, Europe, Brazil, Korea and the United States) for a total of 165 projects presented, which even clogged the Torino postal service.

I Vespri siciliani

Verdi’s opera, conducted by Noseda, for the 150 years of the Unification of Italy
A reflection by Davide Livermore on present-day Italy

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 16 March 2011 at 8 pm
Broadcast live on Friday 18 March at 8 pm on Rai Storia and Rai-Radio3


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.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Cenerentola and La Belle : two fairy-tale ballets

Teatro Regio, from 4 to 23 December 2010

With December we have dance at the Teatro Regio; from 4 to 23 December the tradition is renewed, a tradition that has seen previous seasons sold out.

Featured this season will be two fairy-tale ballets: from 4 to 15 December Cenerentola [Cinderella] by Sergei Prokofiev and from 18 to 23 December La Belle, with Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music for Sleeping Beauty. The two masterpieces, inspired by the fairy-tale genius Charles Perrault, can be seen in Torino in the interpretation by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the only opportunity in Italy to admire the dancers of this historic company whose roots date back to the beginning of the twentieth century, when Sergei Diagilev made Monte Carlo his residence, transforming his Ballets Russes into a permanent company and realizing his dream of bringing together the best dancers from Moscow and St Petersburg.

Gianandrea Noseda Music Director of Teatro Regio until 2014

Gianandrea Noseda will be Music Director of Teatro Regio for the next four years, his name thus continuing to be tied to that of the Torino opera house, renewing that relationship that, beginning in 2007, has made him the driving force of all the musical elements of the theatre. After the reconfirmation of Walter Vergnano as General Manager in July, that of Noseda is the second important piece of the management planning that has led the Regio to important achievements, crowned by the triumphant reception given to the recent tour of Japan and China. In fact, one of the theatre’s strategic priorities is  this international activity.

Madama Butterfly

The sensational new production directed by Damiano Michieletto

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 10 November 2010 at 8 pm

After the inaugural Boris Godunov, the Teatro Regio season continues with Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, to be performed beginning on Tuesday 10 November in a  new staging by the young Venetian director Damiano Michieletto. The Orchestra and Chorus of the  Teatro Regio will be conducted by maestro Pinchas Steinberg, revered by the Regio’s orchestra members with whom he has created a special feeling  over the years.

Boris Godunov Inauguration of the 2010-11 Opera Season

Gianandrea Noseda opens the season with  Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in a new staging by Andrei Konchalovsky

Teatro Regio, Tuesday 5 October 2010 at 8 pm

Opera and Ballet

The conductor Gianandrea Noseda
The Regio on tour

Stagione 2010-2011

The Regio, Opera. Sempreverdi

Twelve titles, six new stagings, three dance productions with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Ballet Preljocaj, a tour that will touch Spain, France and Germany. A season dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi – champion of our cultural unification – conceived for the year when Torino will be the centre of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.

The season begins on 5 October with the new staging of Boris Godunov (5-17/10), Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, with the stage direction by Andrei Konchalovsky, the Russian artist  well-known to cinema fans, who will bring to the Regio stage a great representation of Russian history of the sixth century: the ferocious struggle for the throne after the death of Ivan the Terrible. Opening the season could be none other than Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, keen expert and pre-eminent interpreter of this repertoire. In the cast, Orlin Anastassov, Ian Storey, Peter Bronder, Sergej Aleksaškin, Vladimir Matorin, Evgenij Akimov and Vasilij Ladjuk. Chorus master will be Roberto Gabbiani, and the Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory will be prepared by Claudio Fenoglio.

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Il Regio, l'Opera. SempreVerdi 2010-2011
Presentation of Season 2010-11
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