Teatro Regio, Tuesday 16 January 2018 - Thursday 25 January 2018

Press release

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Puccini’s incomplete masterpiece
Stefano Poda has designed the original, spectacular, metaphysical stage production

Teatro Regio, Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 08.00 pm

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, at 8.00 pm, the Teatro Regio will stage Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. Gianandrea Noseda, the Music Director of the Theatre, who has just been awarded a nomination at the 60th Grammy Awards, in the category Best Opera Recording, will be on podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio. Puccini’s masterpiece is staged with new fittings featuring stage direction, scenes, costumes, choreography and lights by Stefano Poda. This spectacular production promises to be the Season’s core event. The cast includes leading internationally famous artists with the protagonist alternatively performed by sopranos Teresa Romano and Rebeka Lokar, tenor Jorge de León as Calaf, and soprano Erika Grimaldi as Liù. This Turandot is also our first contribution to the European project OperaVision, the video platform entirely centred on the opera. It is the evolution of the former portal The Opera Platform that, strengthened by the huge consensus recorded since 2015, has now been revisited with new graphics and contents. Turandot can be viewed in free streaming on www.operavision.eu for six months, starting from 25 January, thus offering a huge international audience the opportunity to see the Teatro Regio’s innovative production. A DVD will also be produced as a result of the ongoing partnership with Unitel Classica/CMajor. Prima della Prima, the Italian television network RAI’s historical TV show on operas will air a feature on this new production of ours, while Save the date, the show broadcast by Rai5 to present the key events on the Italian cultural scene, will dedicate a feature that will be on the air starting from 20th January.
Turandot is the great “incomplete” work of the 1900s. Gianandrea Noseda‘s intention is to literally follow the autograph manuscript and perform the musical score up to the point reached by Puccini, without adding a posthumous finale. «That close never convinced me» says the Conductor. «I never understood the exaggerated happy ending. Puccini lingered for three years, before his death, on that moment, which he could not dramaturgically express. Hence, we shall end the opera after Liù’s death with a finale that the audience might, perhaps, find more deeply moving».
Stefano Poda, author of the refined metaphysical dream-like poetics is back at the Teatro Regio after the success met by Thaïs, Leggenda and Faust. An all-round artist, for these stage fittings Poda has created a transcendental world in which Turandot’s coldness clashes with Calaf’s ardent passion. The scenic space will highlight this conflict, while the dramaturgical setting endows Liù, the third character, which stands between Turandot and Calaf, with an unusual theatrical depth charged with intentions.
On 16-25 January, an international cast of great soloists will be committed to the nine performances of Turandot. The title role will witness the alternated performance of sopranos Teresa Romano and Rebeka Lokar. Romano, a young revelation on the lyrical scene, made her début in a few years with the main roles of her repertoire directed by Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti, also performing beside Placido Domingo (in 2016 she made her début in the role of Turandot, winning considerable appreciation from both the public and critics). Rebeka Lokar, a talented Slovenian soprano with a powerful voice, was recently acknowledged by both public and critics for her interpretation of Minnie in La fanciulla del West, at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples. She is back at the Teatro Regio after her Amelia in Un ballo in maschera conducted by Renato Palumbo. Calaf is interpreted by tenor Jorge de León, former winner of the “Julián Gayarre” competition. He has successfully performed the leading roles for tenors in Puccini’s repertoire in famous European theatres, including Staatsoper in Berlin and Vienna, Liceu in Barcelona and Teatro Real in Madrid. This is his first performance at Teatro Regio. Liù is interpreted by soprano Erika Grimaldi, an artist who is much loved by the public of Teatro Regio for her outstanding vocal and scenic skills. She has returned to interpret one of the most congenial roles for her. The cast is completed by bass In-Sung Sim (Timur), tenor Antonello Ceron (Altoum), baritone Marco Filippo Romano (Ping), tenors Luca Casalin (Pang) and Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Pong), baritone Roberto Abbondanza (a Mandarin) and tenor Joshua Sanders (the prince of Persia). On 17, 19, 23, and 25 January, Liù will be performed by soprano Natalia Pavlova, and Calaf by tenor Diego Torre, except for the performance of the 23rd, when Gastón Rivero will be on stage. Stage direction, scenes, costumes, choreography and lights are by Stefano Poda, with collaborating director and assistant Paolo Giani Cei. The Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the Children’s Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory have been led by Claudio Fenoglio. Turandot, Puccini’s final work, is actually a fairy tale by Carlo Gozzi. The screenplay was written by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. The story relates the events of Turandot, femme fatale who orders the death of her suitors. She finds love through an unknown prince, Calaf. Turandot’s transformation from cold blood-thirsty princess into woman in love occurs with the sacrifice of Liù, a young slave who had also fallen in love with Calaf. In the screenplay, the opera has a happy ending with the marriage of Turandot and the unknown prince: Calaf. However, Puccini was most likely unconvinced about the final triumph of love and, therefore, kept the music score incomplete. As occurred at the absolute first performance, which was conducted by Toscanini, Noseda will interrupt the performance at the very point in which Puccini stopped writing, assuming that it was impossible to complete Puccini’s creation, which was innovative, unpredictable and untouchable and, as such, must be respected and contemplated in its mystery. The performance, in three acts and four scenes, has an overall duration of about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The work will be presented to the public on Wednesday, 10th January at 5.30 pm, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini with a conference entitled The many enigmas of the last Puccini, curated by Enrico Girardi. Free entrance. The premiere of the opera will be broadcast live by Rai-Radio3 on Tuesday, 16th January at 8.00 pm. The broadcast will be anchored by Susanna Franchi. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Box Office of Teatro Regio, piazza Castello 215 - Tel. 011.8815.241/242, at Infopiemonte-TorinoCultura, at the Vivaticket points of sale, online on www.vivaticket.it and through telephone bookings by calling 011.8815.270. For people aged 18 who wish to use the Culture Bonus at Teatro Regio, the cost of the ticket is €25, with the possibility of purchasing an additional ticket at the cost of € 1. For information - Tel. 011.8815.557. More info at: www.teatroregio.torino.it andwww.sistemamusica.it.
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