Il trovatore

Teatro Regio, Wednesday 10 October 2018 - Tuesday 23 October 2018

Press release

Inauguration of the Opera Season 2018-2019

Il trovatore

Pinchas Steinberg inaugurates the season with Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece 
At the Regio, the performance with Paul Curran's oneiric and fascinating direction

Teatro Regio, wednesday 10 October 2018 at 8.00 pm

Wednesday 10 October, at 8.00 pm, the Regio inaugurates its new Opera Season 2018-2019 with Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. Pinchas Steinberg, on the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, addresses one of Verdi’s most romantic scores in a performance signed by the director Paul Curran.

Il trovatore is the work that symbolises Italian Romanticism, it is the quintessence of melodrama, a shining example of theatre consisting of characters consumed by strong passions. A famous and celebrated masterpiece that charms immediately, with simple traits and characteristic that have been conquering the public for over a century and a half. This work requires a first choice cast, for this production the four protagonists at the Regio - coming from the Teatro Comunale of Bologna - are: Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Leonora), Diego Torre (Manrico), Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena), Massimo Cavalletti (Il Conte di Luna).

For this season also, Intesa Sanpaolo - Founder Member of the Theatre - confirms its commitment with the Regio, ensuring its partnership with the inaugural production, the most awaited event of the season. Intesa Sanpaolo’s support to the Regio is part of a wider collaborative relationship that sees the Bank by the theatre's side in the realisation of its great productions. "Intesa Sanpaolo is strongly committed to supporting classical music, especially opera, with particular attention to young people. In the context of a long and solid partnership, it shares with the Teatro Regio of Turin the care and the promotion of excellence in the Turinese production. This support confirms the presence of the Bank alongside a cultural institution of great importance, a point of reference for Turin and Italy", comments Fabrizio Paschina, Intesa Sanpaolo Communication and Image Director.

Pinchas Steinberg, a regular guest of the most important international musical institutions, boasts a privileged multiannual artistic relationship with the Regio. The Israeli conductor, currently Principal Conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, has worked with orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Academy of Santa Cecilia, collaborating with historical personages such as Herbert von Karajan, Jascha Heifetz, Ferdinand Leitner. Steinberg tackles Verdi’s score by wisely managing the loudest moments alternated with the more intimate ones. This conductor, a sound virtuoso, underlines the mystery which binds and undermines the four protagonists of the plot, a secret knot created by the music with night atmospheres that are often surreal.

The award-winning Scottish director Paul Curran, former artistic director of the Norwegian National Opera, is today one of the most interesting voices in the international directorial panorama. He has created opera performances for the most important operatic centres, among which: the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Teatro alla Scala, the Mariinsky Theater. His productions are inserted in a renewed directorial setting, which respects the nature of the works that it studies, often concentrating its interest on the relations and dynamics of the portrayed characters. For Il trovatore he has devised a direction in which the "political" and "popular" element of the drama is clearly emphasised: the costumes are reminiscent of the nineteenth century and the choral masses recall the patriots of the Risorgimento, all in the shadow of a stage dominated by an enormous modular staircase.

The protagonist of this production at the Regio is the Mexican tenor Diego Torre who interprets Manrico, the troubadour. This very young artist with impressive vocal skills, has studied with Plácido Domingo and has performed in important theatres such as the Metropolitan in New York, the Los Angeles Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera or the Teatro Regio of Parma for the Verdi Festival. Leonora is interpreted by Rachel Willis-Sørensen, a young American soprano who has won many competitions among which the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize, Operalia and the Eleanor McCollum Competition. Her timbre, her technique and stage presence make her an artist of very high level, called to work with conductors of the calibre of Antonio Pappano, Leonard Slatkin, Marc Minkowski, James Levine. Azucena is interpreted by the mezzo-soprano Anna Maria Chiuri. The only Italian artist to have recently won the famous International Tchaikovsky Competition of Moscow, she has collaborated with big theatres in Italy and abroad alongside conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Callegari. The Conte di Luna is interpreted by Massimo Cavalletti, one of the most popular Italian baritones of the new generation, he quickly won over the most prestigious opera theatres and international festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Zurich Opera and the Salzburg Festival. The cast is completed by the bass In-Sung Sim (Ferrando), the soprano Ashley Milanese (Ines) and the tenor Patrick Saudelli (Ruiz). During the nine performances, singers already mentioned will alternate on the 12, 17, 20 and 23 October with: Samuele Simoncini (Manrico), Karina Flores (Leonora), Agostina Smimmero (Azucena), Damiano Salerno (Il Conte di Luna) and Fabrizio Beggi (Ferrando). The lights of the show are signed by Bruno Poet, the scenes and costumes by Kevin Knight. The Chorus of the Teatro Regio, which is involved in important steps of the opera, is instructed by Andrea Secchi.

With Il trovatore (score of 1853) Verdi succeeded in touching the heart of his audience so quickly that, since then, the title has remained in the repertoire of all the opera theatres in the world. Verdi himself wrote in 1862 to his friend Arrivabene: "When you go to the Indies and to the interior of Africa you will hear Il trovatore". Kidnappings, duels, robbers, serenades, poisons and corpses, witches and many flames, in the hearts and on the pyre. Il trovatore does not so much tell a story, but tells of a lost dimension. On the stage, Leonora is divided between her chaste love for Manrico, the Trovatore, and the Conte di Luna’s possessive love, from which she only escapes with her sacrifice. To muddle up the trio, Verdi empowers a fourth character: Azucena is more than a role, she is a primitive force of nature, a gypsy with a terrible past and a crazed destiny, moved by revenge but not insensitive to her nature as a woman and a mother. The background of the intricate story is formed by some of the most beautiful choruses that Verdi has ever written.

Also for the entire season 2018-2018, the agreement between the Teatro Regio and Rai-Radio3 has been confirmed for the live transmission of the scheduled works. The live radio broadcast of Il trovatore, curated by Susanna Franchi, will be on Wednesday 10 October at 8.00 pm.

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