2020-2021 Season preview

Sebastian F. Schwarz smiling with open arms

«The ideal starting point that I have chosen for my first season at Teatro Regio is the great variety of aesthetic languages that generates the encounter between lyric opera and theater direction, whether respecting tradition or searching for contemporaneity». With these words, in July, Sebastian F. Schwarz, now confirmed as Artistic director, presented a preview of the common thread underlying the 2020-2021 Season with which Teatro Regio want to raise its curtain in November, after the opening concert of the Symphonic Season with the Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino conducted by Maestro Stefano Montanari, on October 28.

Jenůfa - foto di scena

Bozzetto de La bohème - Adolfo Hohenstein, quadro II - Archivio Storico Ricordi

An international itinerary with 14 productions, including 5 new stagings and 5 operas  presented for the first time at Teatro Regio, signed by important directors, which will range from eighteenth century Viennese operas by Mozart, Salieri, and Gassmann to an English contemporary opera by Adès, passing through the great classics of the Italian, French, and Central European repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  

Un ballo in maschera - foto di scena

La scuola de' gelosi (foto Hans Jörg Michel)

The staging of the operas will be entrusted to established directors of different generations and sensibilities, including Barrie Kosky, Sophie Hunter, Christof Loy, Francesco Micheli, Paolo Gavazzeni, and Piero Maranghi -  guests at Teatro Regio for the first time - and Laurent Pelly, Gabriele Lavia, and Lorenzo Mariani, who have accompanied us in different seasons. The protagonist of a highly awaited opera debut is the renown architect Santiago Calatrava, who will create the staging of The Carmelite Dialogues.  

Il flauto magico (foto Yasuko Kageyama)

La finta semplice (foto Armin Bardel)

The 2020-2021 season will inaugurate with Jenůfa by Janáček, absent from our stage for 50 years. As a sign of continuity with the 2019-2020 season, which was interrupted last March due to the health emergency, the following operas will finally be presented: the new staging of Puccini's La Bohème, Matthäus-Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Don Pasquale by Donizetti.

Don Pasquale (foto Ramella&Giannese)

La traviata (foto Ramella&Giannese)

Season 2020-2021 will be presented, with conductors and cast, during the month of September, hiping that, by that time, we will be given the opportunity to completely reopen the theater hall, exceeding the current limit of 200 people.

Only around the end of September will be possible to start the renewal and the sale of season passes and tickets.

Il barbiere di Siviglia (foto Ramella&Giannese)

I pagliacci (foto Ramella &Giannese)

Season 2020-2021


November 2020


by Leoš Janáček
Direction: Christof Loy

December 2020

La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini
Direction: Paolo Gavazzeni and Piero Maranghi
New staging

January 2021

Un ballo in maschera

by Giuseppe Verdi
Direction: Lorenzo Mariani

Piccolo Regio Puccini - January 2021

La scuola de’ gelosi

by Antonio Salieri
Premiere at Teatro Regio
Direction: Jean Renshaw

February 2021

Die Zauberflöte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Direction: Barrie Kosky

March 2021

La finta semplice

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Premiere at Teatro Regio
Direction: Laurent Pelly

Piccolo Regio Puccini - March 2021

Powder Her Face

by Thomas Adès
Premiere at Teatro Regio
Direction: Philipp M. Krenn
New staging

April 2021


by Johann Sebastian Bach
Direction: Andrea Bernard
New staging

April 2021

Don Pasquale

by Gaetano Donizetti
Direction: Ugo Gregoretti

May 2021

Dialogues des Carmélites

by Francis Poulenc
Premiere at Teatro Regio
Direction: Sophie Hunter
Sets: Santiago Calatrava
New staging


June 2021

L’opera seria

by Florian Leopold Gassmann
Premiere at Teatro Regio
Direction: Francesco Micheli
New staging

Parco Dora - July  2021

La traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi
Direction: Laurent Pelly

Il barbiere di Siviglia

by Gioachino Rossini
Direction: Vittorio Borrelli


by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Direction: Gabriele Lavia


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