Teatro Regio: Italy in opera
The Teatro Regio has never created such a full season as the coming one. There will be thirteen operas, two ballets, a premiered show and a gala dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi. On top of such formidable commitment we must still add the tour in Japan; another invitation after the great success in 2010.
In the 2013-2014 season we focus our attention on the great Italian music, particularly that of Verdi and Puccini to whom we dedicate two festivals.
In parallel, we continue with the project aimed to create a solid repertoire of opera symbol, alternating more and more titles thanks to the historical staging of our production to offer, in short periods of time, more varied point of views based on the production of the great masters.
The curtains will open on 9th October with Verdi's Simon Boccanegra (9/10-23/10) conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, in the beautiful setting designed for the Teatro Regio by Sylvano Bussotti; protagonists of melodrama set in Genoa are: Ambrogio Maestri, María José Siri and Michele Pertusi. Verdi’s Festival will thus continue with two of the operas that are not only popular but also paradigmatic, both from a "political" and a "sociological" aspect: Rigoletto (17th-25th/10) and La traviata (18th-27th/10). Both will be presented in two settings, already part of our repertoire, conducted by Donato Renzetti and Renato Palumbo as well as: Devid Cecconi, Laura Giordano and Piero Pretti for Rigoletto and Irina Lungu, Massimo Giordano and Marco Di Felice for Traviata.
In November (14th-16th), the tribute to Giuseppe Verdi will be further enhanced thanks to the premiere of Verdi, narrate-singing, the show by Marco Paolini and Mario Brunello that will shed light on Verdi as a librettist, director, manager, patriot and politician.
At the end of the year, which is dedicated to Verdi on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth, we anticipate that in December (on 18th and 22nd), after returning from the tour in Japan we will present, with the fundamental contribution of the Amici del Regio, a Gala lyric-symphonic with three broad selections from Macbeth, Il Trovatore and Aida with an exceptional cast: Barbara Frittoli, Marcelo Álvarez and Marianne Cornetti. The evenings will be enriched with some gastronomic wonders from Emilia Romagna, the birthplace of Verdi.
Returning to the Opera Season, in November (7th – 17th), we will meet another Italian Opera star: Gioachino Rossini. On stage we will see the best comic opera Il barbiere di Siviglia, under the direction of Alessandro De Marchi, in our setting signed by Luisa Spinatelli. The cast, with great comic vein, includes: Antonino Siragusa, Laura Polverelli, Paolo Bordogna, Vito Priante and Nicola Ulivieri.
Moving forward along the calendar, we reach May (7th -18th) when we present the last opera written by Rossini when he was just thirty-seven: Guglielmo Tell. A new production will be on the stage of the Regio which has been co-produced with the Rossini Opera Festival, signed by the director Graham Vick and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. In the title role, one of the finest artists on the international scene: Carlos Álvarez. Angela Meade, John Osborn, Mirco Palazzi and Giacomo Prestia will share the deeds of this great Swiss character. This masterpiece, of Rossini’s more serious repertoire, was last seen in Turin 48 years ago.
The Conductor Gianandrea Noseda will, from 29th November, begin in Tokyo the Japanese tour. Being proud to have been asked to represent it, we will take the best of the Italian musical culture. The appointments with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio will close the manifestations of Italia in Giappone 2013. The tour premier will take place at the Bunka Kaikan with Tosca by Giacomo Puccini with the settings by Jean-Louis Grinda (29/11 - 8/12), followed by Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Lorenzo Mariani (1st/12 – 7th/12) and Rossini Gala will be held (6/12). The Messa da Requiem by Verdi (30/11) will be performed in the magnificent Suntory Hall, a real temple of music, a universal pearl recognized and appreciated for its extraordinary acoustics; a milestone for the world's most acclaimed orchestras.
Alongside the tour, the Teatro Regio will continue its activities with Turin meets France and in collaboration with Torinodanza Festival, will host the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon (29th/11 – 7th/12). This is a classically trained ballet company, recognized as an interpreter of contemporary dance. The program is dedicated to two choreographers who have marked the history of the dance of the twentieth century: the American William Forsythe whose Limb's Theorem will be seen, and of the Swedish Mats Ek, whose rewriting of Giselle, has created an authentic milestone in contemporary choreography.
The year 2014 will begin (10th-21st January) with the tune of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Magic Flute seen through the eyes of Roberto Andò, a refined and sophisticated director of films such as Il manoscritto del principe, Sotto falso nome and his latest: Viva la libertà. The same director who, in signing the Mozart's Singspiel for the Teatro Massimo of Palermo in 2001, was able to intelligently decline the philosophical and more popular aspects of the opera. On the podium is the Austrian Christian Arming, a specialist in the repertoire. The cast stars: Aleksandr Vinogradov, Maria Aleida, Markus Werba, Giorgio Berrugi, Maria Grazia Schiavo and Laura Catrani.
The months of February and March are dedicated to the festival dedicated to Giacomo Puccini. Our tribute will begin with Madama Butterfly (1st -6th February), in the bold and exciting reinterpretation of Damiano Michieletto, which will feature Amarilli Nizza and Massimiliano Pisapia; Turandot will be presented (12th -27th February) in the performance that has created great impact signed by Giuliano Montaldo a famous author of films that have made the history of Italian cinema such as: Sacco e Vanzetti, L’Agnese va a morire and his latest I demoni di San Pietroburgo. The cruel princess will be Lise Lindstrom and Calaf will be played by Roberto Aronica. On the podium, for both titles, we will have Pinchas Steinberg. Then, 13th – 18th March we will see Tosca with the direction of Renato Palumbo, presented in the settings of Jean-Louis Grinda; setting which will be taken to Tokyo. The cast: Adrianne Pieczonka, Marco Berti and Marco Vratogna.
The Puccini Festival will close at the end of March (21st 30th) with an unusual diptych consisting of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and A Florentine Tragedy (Eine Florentinische Tragödie) by Austrian Alexander von Zemlinsky, two contemporary compositions - written between 1917 and 1918 - but musically very different even though both are based on the events of the Florentine Renaissance setting it is directed by Stefan Anton Reck.
The protagonists for both one-act plays are: Alessandro Corbelli, Francesco Meli and Serena Gamberoni for Schicchi and Mark S. Doss, a real favourite of our audience, Angeles Blancas Gulin and Zoran Todorovich for A Florentine Tragedy. This opera has never been performed in Turin before.
After the aforementioned new production of Guglielmo Tell in May signed by Graham Vick and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, The Rake's Progress will be staged in June (La Carriera di un libertino) by Igor Stravinsky (10th-22ndJune) presented in brilliant new setting, co-produced with the Scottish Opera by Sir David McVicar, one of the leading directors of the operatic world stage and who visits the Regio for the first time. The opera, written in 1951, took inspiration from some eighteenth-century etchings by the artist William Hogarth, whose basic theme was the gradual annihilation of a young man following the elegant vices of society. On the podium is our Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. Tom Rakewell, the young libertine, will be Leonardo Capalbo; beside him, Danielle De Niese and Bo Skovus.
Last but not least, between June and July (6/27 - 6/7) to conclude the season, we propose The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár with settings by Hugo de Ana. This will be an excursion into the world of operetta that we consider preliminary to a more assiduous public attendance; possibly also extendable to musicals in the future. Considering that neither the operetta nor the musicals are in any way inferior, we want to offer it the right space for a superior quality of performance. Daniela Mazzucato, queen of this repertoire, will be Valencienne, while Alessandro Safina will play the Prince Danilo. On the podium, the Austrian Christoph Campestrini.
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio are obviously one of the great protagonists of the season. The maestro Claudio Fenoglio directs the Chorus and the Children Chorus of the Regio and the Music Conservatory "G. Verdi".
The partnership with Rai-Radio3 for the broadcasting of the operas, and the collaboration with RAI for the production of DVDs will continue throughout the new season.
Special thanks go to the Associazione Amici del Regio, reborn in 2012 with a dual purpose that of sharing a common passion and to raise funds to help carry out specific projects, thus giving new strength to the Theatre’s activities. Their participation, along with the fundamental contribution by the Members of the Foundation and thanks to partnerships with companies, testifies to the quality of the daily work that takes place at the Regio as well as our commitment to offering musical performances worthy of an internationally acclaimed theatre.
To the public, we give our warmest thanks for having consistently shown their affection, both by crowding the room and by sustaining us. We therefore offer a more flexible ticket purchase to respond to a growing demand.
The Billboard is this season innovation. It is a subscription to 13 performances. In addition to the 9 ordinary performances we have included another 4 and they are: Rigoletto, La traviata, Madama Butterfly and Tosca, with a discount of about 25% compared to the cost of individual tickets to these four performances.
As always, it will be made possible to create a personal itinerary within the season choosing among the various types of subscriptions: 9, 6, 5 and 4 performances. From 23rd May you can reserve your new season-ticket: 9 and 13 performances. The sale of season-ticket to 6 and 4 performances starts on 8th June. The formula to buy 5 events will be on sale from 6th July. Tickets for individual shows can be purchased, according to calendar, starting from 22nd June.
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