La traviata

Teatro Regio, Friday 14 December 2018 - Sunday 23 December 2018

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Press release

Donato Renzetti on the podium of the Regio Orchestra and Chorus
For the first time in Turin, the legendary staging by Henning Brockhaus and Josef Svoboda

Teatro Regio, Friday 14 December 2018 at 8pm

On Friday, 14 December, at 8pm, the Regio will stage La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Donato Renzetti, on the podium of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, will interpret the masterpiece by the great composer of Busseto. For the first time in Turin, the legendary staging is presented with direction and lighting by Henning Brockhaus and scenery by Josef Svoboda, originating from the Sferisterio open-air stadium in Macerata and the Pergolesi-Spontini Foundation of Jesi. The cast includes: Maria Grazia Schiavo, Dmytro Popov and Giovanni Meoni.

The production on the bill benefits from the partnership with Iren, the Theatre's founding partner. "It is with delight and pride that the Iren Group is supporting this representation," says Iren's Chairman, Paolo Peveraro, "both due to the artistic value of the work and its extraordinary staging. Rai's live broadcast will also allow us to share this performance, with such high cultural value, with numerous enthusiasts all over the world".

A legendary staging – 1993 Franco Abbiati Award – entering into the collective imagination, for the first time on stage at the Regio. Also known as “La Traviata degli Specchi”, this performance, directed by Henning Brockhaus, investigates the subtle boundary between the intimate and delicate nature of Violetta and her public image, emphasised by an enormous tilted mirror which multiplies, from all possible perspectives, the object of desire to the eye of the voyeur. The scenery, which has great visual impact, is by Josef Svoboda, the great Bohemian scenic designer who has revolutionised theatre history with hundreds of scenes created for legendary shows, in collaboration with the most important twentieth-century directors.

Donato Renzetti, one of the most renowned Italian conductors, returns to the Regio to conduct another Verdi production after the success achieved previously with Falstaff. His Traviata switches between the lively waltz rhythms which impregnate the score and moments of great lyricism entrusted to the star. His lengthy career alternates between operatic and symphonic activity, not forgetting teaching and recording studio sessions. The orchestras conducted by him include the London Philharmonic, the Scala Orchestra of Milan, that of the Academy of Santa Cecilia and the Berlina RIAS.

The star of this performance is the soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo, who plays Violetta Valéry. An extremely talented artist, she expresses all her peculiarities in bel canto roles, always charming audiences and critics. In her career she has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Ottavio Dantone and Fabio Biondi, covering major roles in all the main European and US theatres. Alfredo Germont is played by the tenor Dmytro Popov. His career began in 2007 when he won the prestigious Operalia competition, created by Plácido Domingo. A very talented artist, he has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Charles Dutoit, Antonio Pappano and Simon Rattle, alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker, recently debuting with great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Giorgio Germont is played by the baritone Giovanni Meoni. A renowned interpreter of the Italian operatic repertoire, he excels in Verdi's masterpieces, particularly in the great “noble baritone” roles, thanks to his refined phrasing and significant stage presence. The cast also includes: the contralto Elena Traversi (Flora Bervoix), the soprano Ashley Milanese (Annina), the tenor Luca Casalin (Gastone), the baritone Paolo Maria Orecchia (Douphol), the baritone Dario Giorgelè (Obigny), the tenor Alejandro Escobar alternating with Luigi Della Monica (Giuseppe), the baritone Marco Sportelli alternating with Franco Rizzo (a servant) and the bass Giuseppe Capoferri, alternating with Riccardo Mattiotto (a commissioner).

During the nine performances of the opera, from 14 to 23 December, the stars already named, on the days 15, 18, 20 and 22 December will alternate with: the soprano Irina Dubrovskaya (Violetta Valéry), the tenor Giulio Pelligra (Alfredo Germont) and the baritone Damiano Salerno (Giorgio Germont). The Teatro Regio Chorus, involved in major scenes, is instructed by Andrea Secchi. The choreographic movements are by Valentina Escobar, the scenery is created by Benito Leonori, the costumes are by Giancarlo Colis and the lighting is by Henning Brockhaus.

Verdi was certainly not an artist to shy away from scandal. When, in 1852, he was choosing the subject for a new opera for Venice, his preference fell on the controversial work by Alexandre Dumas fils: La Dame aux camélias, a real bestseller of the time. It was not only the story itself that was thorny (the true story of the courtesan Alphonsine Duplessis, loved by Dumas himself), but the very fact of bringing to the stage of a lyrical theatre issues and events belonging to the present, if not to the very experiences of the spectators themselves: the dances, the costumes, the vice and luxury, the games and intrigues; the very consumption from which Violetta dies. The debut of the opera, occurring at the La Fenice Theatre on 6 March 1853, was a fiasco. Only one year later, however, Verdi got his revenge, with the opera triumphing in the very same city in which it has initially failed. Since then, the sad love story of Violetta and Alfredo, hampered by his father, has remained in the repertoire of every theatre across the world.

The live broadcast on Rai Radio 3 of La traviata, produced by Susanna Franchi, will be broadcast on Friday 14 December at 8pm. Andrea Malvano, for the Conferences of the Regio, Wednesday 12 December at 5:30pm at Piccolo Regio, will lead the meeting with free entry entitled Mondanità e intimismo in scena.

This production is particularly suited to remembering two great figures of Italian musical culture: Tullio Serafin (1878 – 1968) and Massimo Mila (1910 – 1988). The Teatro Regio is taking part in the International Celebrations dedicated to Tullio Serafin, Medal of the President of the Republic, on the occasion of fifty years since his death. The great conductor began his career at the Scala Theatre as deputy Maestro of Arturo Toscanini, only then to reach the most important stages in the world. Serafin maintained a close and lively artistic relationship with Teatro Regio from 1904 to 1961, conducting over forty operatic productions and various concerts. On Friday 14 December, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini, from 4pm, on the other hand, a round table meeting will take place dedicated to Massimo Mila, on the occasion of forty years since his death: Le parole per la musica. Giornalismo e divulgazione musicale oggi. Omaggio a Massimo Mila. There will be video projections and talks by Ernesto Ferrero, Angelo Foletto, Susanna Franchi, Alessandro Galoppini, William Graziosi, Giorgio Pestelli, Alberto Sinigaglia and Simone Solinas, with the participation of Anna Mila Giubertoni. Free entry. Registrations for journalists open from 3:30pm. A meeting implemented in collaboration with the Order of Journalists of Piedmont to remember the most important musicologist and music critic of the post-war period, author of writings of immutable charm, a man of great political commitment and numerous interests: from literature to painting, and not forgetting mountaineering.

Tickets on sale at the Teatro Regio Ticket Office, Piazza Castello 215 - Tel. 011.8815.241/242, at Infopiemonte-Torinocultura, in Vivaticket stores, online at and by telephone at 011.8815.270. Ticket prices. Recital of 14 December: €170 - 135 - 120 - 100 - 70 - 55. Recitals of 16, 19, 21 and 23 December: €95 - 80 - 75 - 70 - 60 - 29. Recitals of 15, 18, 20 and 22 December: €90 - 75 - 70 - 65 - 55 - 29. Tickets reduced by 20% for under 30s and 10% for over 65s. One hour before the shows any tickets still available will be on sale with a 20% reduction on the full price.

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Turin, 3 December 2018
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