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Teatro Regio, Friday 12 October 2012 - Sunday 21 October 2012

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Così fan tutte

The Opera signed by Ettore Scola

Teatro Regio, 10th April 2012 at 20.00

Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be staged at the Teatro Regio on Tuesday, 10th April. It is a playful drama signed by Ettore Scola, the great film director who chose the Regio to debut in 2003 as an opera director. The American conductor Christopher Franklin will be on the podium.

The author of cult movies such as Una giornata particolare, C’eravamo tanto amati and La famiglia is back to Turin, to dedicate himself to the opera in a performance that was met with great support, thanks to the careful work Mr. Scola carried out with the singers. Paolo Gallarati wrote in La Stampa newspaper: «Ettore Scola has made Così fan tutte vital and enjoyable and absolutely up-to-date from beginning to end».

The staging, created by the set design laboratories of the Teatro Regio, uses the scenes by Luciano Ricceri and costumes by Odette Nicoletti. The direction of this edition will by Vittorio Borelli, the lights are by Andrea Anfossi.

Così fan tutte is the last comic opera written by Mozart and staged in Vienna in 1790, concluding the trilogy of Italian operas written by Mozart with the libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Così fan tutte was written following: Le nozze di Figaro (1786) and Don Giovanni (1787). In the libretto, Da Ponte depicts the cruelty of gender relations and the alleged physical and exclusively male domain of one person but, for the first time in the comic opera loyalty is tested by two ladies of high social class. Despite the originality of the story, Da Ponte creates a dense web of quotations ranging from Ovid to Boccaccio, Ariosto, Goldoni and Marivaux.

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The opera signed by Ettore Scola

La bohème and Rigoletto

The great Italian repertoire performed at the Regio

Teatro Regio 6th – 20th March 2012

The Teatro Regio offers two great masterpieces of the Italian opera anticipating yet another sell-out: La bohème by Giacomo Puccini from 6th to the 17th March and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi from 14th to the 20th March. These two productions, created by Teatro Regio, will be returning to the stage, with new directors and new singers, in order to create a robust and exciting "Season within the Season".

La bohème, opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini, will be on stage as from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th March. It will be presented in its historical production by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and with sets and costumes by Aldo Terlizzi Patroni Griffi. The scenery - which was a great success in Tokyo and Yokohama in the Japanese tour in 2010 - was created in 1996 by the Regio to celebrate the centenary of Bohème which had its first world premiere on 1st February 1896 at the Teatro Regio. Originally directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi revived for the occasion by Vittorio Borrelli and lights are by Andrea Anfossi.

Massimo Zanetti is on the podium directing both Orchestra and the Choir of the Teatro Regio. Zanetti returns after having directed Tosca at the Regio in 2003. Speaking about his return, the conductor says: «I am very happy to be returning to the Regio. The Orchestra was wonderful then and I know that Noseda is doing an outstanding job. I know I’ll be working with extremely high calibre people».

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Two titles with tears and smiles

The Barber of Seville, Madame Butterfly

Two masterpieces of melodrama being shown in February

Teatro Regio, from the 19th - 28th February, 2012

During the months of February and March, the Teatro Regio strikes gold: The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini from the 19th to the 26th February, followed by Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini from the 21st to the 28th February, then La bohème by Giacomo Puccini the 6th to 17th March and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi from 14th to the 20th of March.

Four tried and well applauded productions by the Teatro Regio are back on the stage, four different productions are now going to be replicated with new directors and performers, expressing, as the project has developed and grown in recent years by the Teatro Regio, an "Italian way", a way that allows the Teatro Regio to meet the public’s demands. The public is then benefited by being able to watch a growing number of Italian masterpieces whereby the Regio intersects the dates between several titles. In total there will be eighteen performances in thirty-one days in the same season. «The frequent staging of popular operas is a guaranteed success and making them spectacular every time is our aim. We try to put in place a system that combines an intelligent theatre repertoire and the desire to experiment» explains General Manager Walter Vergnano. The Music Director Gianandrea Noseda added: «The idea of a sequence of productions which are both bold and popular, stems from the desire to keep the theatre open as long as possible. In the design of a large theatre, the repertoire has to live constructively with the most sought after proposal».

The Fiery Angel

The scandalous opera by Prokofiev conducted by Valerij Gergiev

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 1st February 2012 at 20:00

The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev, returns to Teatro Regio from 1st to 11th February 2012 after nearly fifty years and this time under the conduction of Valerij Gergiev, great artistic director from the Mariinskij Theatre of St. Petersburg, who has conducted this opera around the world. The theatre soloists performers and the scenery are from Russia (a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London). The Orchestra and Chorus will be those of the Teatro Regio.

The director is David Freeman. Freeman has the capability of bringing to life the true spirit of this opera. The scenery and the costumes, depicting metaphysical loneliness as well as inhabited by pale ghosts, are by David Roger. The lights are by Steve Whitson and Vladimir Lukasevič.

Tosca

Gianandrea Noseda directs an outstanding cast

Teatro Regio, Tuesday, 10th January 2012 at 20:00

After the great performance in Fidelio, Gianandrea Noseda is back on the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio to direct Puccini's Tosca, staged as from Tuesday, 10th January, 2012 at 20:00 for a total of eleven performances, until Sunday 22nd of January.

Noseda, the orchestra director, will also conduct the future performance which will take place in Paris on the 24th January at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, continuing like this, the collaboration with the prestigious theatre where, every year, the Regio is asked to present a concert version of an opera.

The staging of the new production – created as a co-production with the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Puccini Festival Foundation – is the work of director Jean-Louis Grinda, a production which has greatly impressed the public of the Valencia Festival of Mediterranean this summer. To complete the production, the set scenes were created by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri; the neoclassical-inspired costumes were created by Christian Gasc and the lighting designer is Robert Venturi. For the triangle of the main characters The Regio puts together an outstanding cast with Svetla Vassileva (Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi) and Lado Ataneli (Scarpia).

Fidelio

The Opera Season Begins
A new production written by Martone and directed by Noseda

Teatro Regio, Friday, 9th December, 2011 at 20:00

The new production of Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven will open the opera season at the Teatro Regio on Friday, 9th December at 20:00.

Gianandrea Noseda, who conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, is the one continuing the journey of Beethoven's compositional universe which began with the resounding success of the nine symphonies performed between September and October. The new layout has been written by the director Mario Martone, author of films such as Morte di un matematico napoletano, L’amore Molesto and his latest Noi credevamo. Martone will make his debut at the Teatro Regio with Fidelio. The Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège co-produced the scenes by Sergio Tramonti; the costumes are by Ursula Patzak and the lighting by Nicolas Bovey.

Loyalty, courage, honour and hope. A personal tragedy – an unjust imprisonment that, miraculously, finds a solution which turns out to be a passionate exaltation of freedom against all the "chains" imposed on mankind. Art lives, as it has never done before Beethoven, in the essence of the passions, of enthusiasm itself,  of the ideals of its own time, and is directly involved, - as pointed out by Massimo Mila – as the movement of ideas,  of spiritual work and simultaneously becomes a leader of its own age. Hence, ‘Il Regio’, chooses this purposefully, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.

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