Tour in St. Petersburg

Tour in St. Petersburg

The Orchestra and Chorus of the Regio are the guests of the prestigious “White Nights Festival” and of an exceptional event at the Hermitage Museum
Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th July, 2014

As a confirmation of an international reputation, more and more solid and recognised, the Teatro Regio was invited to the “White Nights Festival” in St. Petersburg on 9th July, the date on which Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio in the Requiem Mass by Verdi. The exceptional soloists who will interpret Verdi’s sacred masterpiece are: the soprano Maria Agresta, the mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, the tenor Fabio Sartori, and the bass Ildar Abdrazakov.

The Teatro Regio will be the main protagonist of yet another important event taking place on 10th July in the courtyard of the Hermitage Museum on the occasion of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the founding of this prestigious and renowned Museum. This concert comes to seal the touring year between Italy and Russia, a sign of pluriannual mutual collaboration between the cultural institutions of Turin and the Hermitage Museum which began in 2013 with the exhibition of the collection Basilewsky and that will continue in 2015 with the exhibition in Turin of “The treasures of the Hermitage” as well as new collaborations with the Mao Museum and the Art Gallery GAM. In the spirit of culture exchange and promotion initiated by the City of Turin and the City of St. Petersburg, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will offer on 10th July in the courtyard of the Hermitage a Verdi Gala with orchestral pieces and choruses from operas by Verdi: from Il Trovatore to Macbeth, from Vespri Siciliani to La forza del destino and Aida.

The first tour of the Teatro Regio in Russia and the initiatives related to cultural exchanges between Turin and St. Petersburg, are sponsored by Banca Intesa. This banking group, Founding Member of the Regio, has reconfirmed its support to the Theatre and of its prestigious activities abroad, proof of its commitment to the culture and, in particular, to music. The Intesa Group has had a direct presence in the Russian Federation for over forty years. Since 2003, Banca Intesa is the leading banking under Russian law, with 100% Italian capital.

The “White Nights Festival”, named after the eponymous novel by Fëdor Dostoyevsky, takes place in June and July, during which time St. Petersburg is illuminated by the last rays of the sun, which virtually never sets. The festival boasts the presence of the most important stars of the international classical music, some of the regular guests are: Valery Gergiev, Gidon Kremer, Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo, as well as the best dance companies and the most prestigious orchestras. The Regio was the only theatre invited to perform in this dense and prestigious programming of the 22th edition of the White Nights Festival. The Regio had been requested to interpret the sacred Verdi’s masterpiece Messa da Requiem, on 9th July. This score has become the Regio’s masterpiece putting the theatre on the highest level of the international scene. The Director Noseda, with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro, rehearsed by Claudio Fenoglio, had performed the Requiem all over the world, always receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The concert will take place at the Mariinskij II Theatre, all in glass and concrete, with its heart covered in honey-coloured onyx mainly from Italy, is one of the most high-tech temples of music. The soloists for this great evening of “Made in Italy” are: Maria Agresta, an acclaimed soprano with great talents, Daniela Barcellona, mezzo-soprano of international fame who has had a close relationship with the Regio for many years, Fabio Sartori, a tenor who had collaborated with the most prestigious conductors, and Ildar Abdrazakov, one of the greatest bass of the Russian school, who replaces Michele Pertusi, unable to attend the tour for serious family reasons. On 10th July, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro, always conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be engaged in an exceptional concert on the occasion of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage Museum, the “Louvre of the East” which includes masterpieces by Leonardo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens and Tiziano. The concert will present music by Verdi, with a choice of orchestral and choir from his operas, which will highlight the artistic career of the great opera composer as well as the end of his interpretive work by the Regio. In the courtyard of the Hermitage’s will be perform symphonies from: I Vespri Siciliani, Nabucco, La forza del destino, and the preludes taken from Macbeth and Aida. The choir will take part in some passages from Il trovatore, Macbeth and Aida.

On 8th July, thanks to the collaboration of the General Consulate of Italy in St. Petersburg, the city of Turin will present, at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, the cultural, artistic and tourist activities of the next coming months. The Head of Culture and Tourism of the City of Torino Maurizio Braccialarghe, will focus on cultural programs designed for the EXPO TO, a calendar of important events aiming to reach the general public in Italy on the occasion of Expo 2015.

As usual, you can follow the backstage as well as discovering curiosity about interpreters and concerts, by watching the Sketches of Passion by Paola Giunti on the site of the Regio and our Youtube channel: This tour is only the first of a long series of the many international and national commitments by the Regio throughout the summer: in August we will be in Stresa to celebrate the thousandth concert of this historic festival; then we will fly to Scotland, invited by the International Edinburgh Festival. In September we return to Paris for the usual appointment with the audience at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. We were also invited to the Festival Verdi in Parma in November. At the end of this intense year, there will be a spectacular tour in North America. From 3rd to 9th December we will be in four prestigious cities of the greatest musical vocation: Chicago, Toronto, Ann Arbor and New York.


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Turin, 4th July 2014

Teatro Regio, Direzione Comunicazione e Pubbliche Relazioni
Paola Giunti (Direttore), Paolo Cascio (Relazioni con la Stampa)
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