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).