Teatro Regio Torino
Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director
Manager: R. Douglas Sheldon
Management Territory: North America
The new Teatro Regio, was inaugurated on 10 April, 1973 with I Vespri Siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi with the first and only stage direction of Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano.
The same I Vespri siciliani were chosen in 2011 to inaugurate the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, in the presence of President Giorgio Napolitano. The new production, with the stage direction by Davide Livermore and Gianandrea Noseda conducting, was classified by Musical America as one of the Top 10 Musical Events of 2011.
From . . . the artistic point of view, the Teatro Regio today combines traditional opera repertoire – like the production of La bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni that commemorated the world première, a performance followed live on television by more than four million viewers – with innovative opera theatre, making use of such prestigious names in direction as Robert Carsen, Hugo de Ana, Zhang Yimou, Damiano Michieletto, Jonathan Miller, Laurent Pelly, Stefano Poda, Luca Ronconi, and Graham Vick, on occasion involving great names in cinema, like William Friedkin, Andrej Konchalowskij, Ermanno Olmi, Jean Reno, Ettore Scola, and Andrej Tarkowskij. It has also become a point of reference for world-famous conductors: Roberto Abbado, Bruno Bartoletti, Semyon Bychkov, Bruno Campanella, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Oren, Evelino Pidò, Yutaka Sado, Pinchas Steinberg, Jeffrey Tate.
In 2007, the conductor Gianandrea Noseda was appointed Music Director of the Teatro Regio di Torino. Besides his involvement on the podium, one of the most exciting conductors of his generation is responsible, along with General Manager Walter Vergnano, for the guidelines of the artistic programming of the Theatre. Gianandrea Noseda, with his activity, is the best ambassador for the Theatre worldwide. Standing out among the interpreters are: Roberto Alagna, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Marcelo Álvarez, Cecilia Bartoli, Fiorenza Cedolins, Patrizia Ciofi, Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Juan Diego Flórez, Barbara Frittoli, Angela Gheorghiu, Hui He, Eva Mei, Francesco Meli, Leo Nucci, Sondra Radvanovsky, Ruggero Raimondi, Carmela Remigio, Neil Shicoff, Svetla Vassileva.
In addition, there are regular guest appearances by the world’s most important ballet companies, from the Royal Ballet of London to the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow and the Kirov Ballet of Mariinskij Theatre of St. Petersburg. The thrilling adventure of the XX Olympic Winter Games took place in 2006, with Torino in the spotlight of the mass media of the whole world: in the span of two weeks the Regio put on no less than four operas – of which three new productions and two world premieres – for a total of 24 performances.
With a staff of 380 people and an annual budget of around 40 million euros, the Regio constitutes one of the most important Opera Houses in Italy. The primary commitment of the theatre is the Opera and Ballet Season, which is combined with a program of symphony concerts and a full program of activities for the schools that involves more than 50,000 young people every year.
In 2004, the members of the Teatro Regio Choir and Orchestra have created two autonomous ensembles: the Orchestra Filarmonica ‘900 and the Teatro Regio Coro Filarmonico, both involved in symphonic/choral repertoires.
In recent years the production output of the Theatre has increased considerably in terms of both quantity and quality, ensuring the Regio its undisputed role in the foreground of the international artistic scene. This is demonstrated by the many co-productions with major European institutions and its record audiences of more than 250,000 paying members of the public each year and more then 14,000 season ticket holders, the largest figure of any Italian opera house.
The Teatro Regio is requested on tour all over the world to represent the best of Italian music. Recently, under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, it met with great success in Germany, Spain and France, where it is a regular guest of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. During the last tour of China and Japan, La traviata, presented at the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, won the Japanese critics’ award for the best production of 2010.
In recent years the most important productions have been recorded by the Rai, which has realised numerous DVDs now on the market. All of the operas are broadcast live by Rai Radio3.