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Gianandrea Noseda and Àlex Ollé for the 120th Anniversary of La bohème.
The Music Director of the Regio and the celebrated director of La Fura dels Baus
open the 2016-2017 season with a new production of Puccini’s masterpiece

Teatro Regio, Wednesday, 12th October 2016 at 20:00

On Wednesday 12th October at 20:00, the Regio inaugurates the new Opera Season 2016-2017 with La bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Gianandrea Noseda, conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, tackles Puccini’s rich score, in a new staging by Àlex Ollé, the director of La Fura dels Baus.
The Intesa Sanpaolo – Founding Member of the Theatre – has confirmed
its commitment to the Regio once more in the Season 2016-2017 ensuring its partnership at the inaugural production, the most anticipated event of the season. The support of Intesa Sanpaolo to the Regio is part of a wider partnership placing the Bank alongside the Theatre in the realization of large-scale productions.
The new production of Puccini’s masterpiece celebrates 120th anniversary of the first opera performance, staged on 1st February 1896 at the Regio. For this special occasion, the
– an association that since 2012 has supported the activities of the Theatre with cultural initiatives to make the opera more accessible – will contribute to the realization of the show. Paolo Cantarella, President of the association, said: “For the first time the Association, thanks to an extraordinary effort, will fund the construction of the settings, a unique case in the Italian theatre. We had to support La bohème, a masterpiece of opera history and emblem of the Teatro Regio, where Puccini decided to have it premiered in 1896. We would like it to be remembered as La bohème of the ‘Amici del Regio’ in an ideal embrace between tradition and modernity. What better way is there to support a friendship if not by standing on their side in such an important step in the history of the Regio?”.
The attentive interpreter of the masterpieces created by Puccini, Gianandrea Noseda, conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro. Noseda affirms: “La bohème is a difficult opera; few other titles of Italian opera have its complexity. The opera has a score worked in minute detail that sets in motion a perfect theatrical mechanism, insightful, yet very delicate. It is an opera that I would call “modern”, rather than traditional; it in fact uses a twentieth century language, with theatrical and emotional speed”. Àlex Ollé, one of the artistic directors of La Fura dels Baus – the most innovative theatre company that created a turning point in the history of the opera – sets the scene for La bohème for the first time. According to the Catalan director, “La bohème is an opera that allows the young generation to get rid of everything that prevents them from flying, feeding only on their own vitality; the real hunger of the protagonists is the hunger for life. My Bohème is set in a modern city outskirt, it is there where, in my opinion, the intellectual matrix of the future happens; in ugly, disreputable and poor places, but authentic. In this kind of environment, life and art, as well as they did in the Romanticism, belong to the survivors”. The construction of the stage boasts the collaboration of
, which makes part of the sets and costumes. “We are proud to be partners of the Teatro Regio for this edition of La bohème, directed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus – says Andrea Boragno, President and CEO of Alcantara – it is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the versatility of the combination between tradition and innovation into the value of ‘Made in Italy’. The relationship Alcantara has with the world of art and creativity emerges in an innovative and contemporary opera like this one.”

This new production of La Bohème is a coproduction with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
In this production, Mimì will be the soprano Irina Lungu, a well known artist around the world who has collaborated artistically with the Regio. She has a lyrical and adamant timbre, making the most of the fragility and the poetry of the character created by Puccini. Beside her, the tenor Giorgio Berrugi will play Rodolfo. Berrugi is an artist with remarkable vocal and performing talents, who began his own career just as Rodolfo at La Fenice in Venice and who quickly became one of the reference points of the Puccini repertoire. Musetta will be the soprano Kelebogile Besong, a young South African artist, winner of several international singing competitions, much appreciated by critics and audiences for her talent and her technique, which allows her to tackle a repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music. Marcello will be interpreted by the baritone Massimo Cavalletti, a singer of a warm and generous timbre, which has enabled him to perform at all major international venues: La Scala, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to mention but a few. Schaunard is Benjamin Cho, Colline will have the voice of Gabriele Sagona. During the nine performances, the protagonists mentioned above will alternate, on 13th, 15th, 18th and 20th October: Erika Grimaldi (Mimi), Iván Ayón Rivas (Rodolfo), Francesca Sassu (Musetta) and Simone Del Savio (Marcello). These artists all boast international career that will offer an equally intensity and dramatic Bohème. Rounding out the cast: the baritone Andrea Borghini (Schaunard on 18th and 23rd), the bass Matteo Peirone (Benoit, Alcindoro), the tenor Patrick Cullen Gandy(Parpignol). The bass Mauro Barra and Marco Sportelli take turns at the role of a Sergeant of the customs officers meanwhile the baritones David Motta Fré and Riccardo Mattiotto take turns for the role of the Customs Officer. The scenes of this new production are by Alfons Flores, the costumes by Lluc Castells and the lights by Urs Schönebaum. The Chorus of the Teatro Regioand the Chorus of the Teatro Regio and the Conservatory “G. Verdi”, engaged in important steps in the opera, are led by Claudio Fenoglio.
La bohème, the fourth opera by Puccini with libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, is the love story of two hopeful and penniless youth. Mimì and Rodolfo, accompanied by Musetta and Marcello, spend much of their existence in joy tinted with jealousy but still light and immersed in a luxurious and joyful Paris. Within this frame La bohème is, in fact, a story about growth and pain, the passage from adolescence to a real inner maturity. The merry band is, in fact, to come to terms with the harsh reality of Mimi’s illness, suffering from tuberculosis, who eventually dies in the arms of her Rodolfo thus changing forever the fate of all the characters. The opera is divided into four parts, lasting approximately two hours and thirty minutes.
The agreement between the Teatro Regio and RAI-Radio 3 for the live broadcast of the scheduled opera has also been confirmed for the entire 2016-2017 season. The premiere of La bohème will be broadcast live, on Wednesday 12th October at 20:00, program presented by Susanna Franchi, this broadcast has been included in the Euroradio circuit. This La bohème will, moreover, be our second contribution to the European project of The Opera Platform (www.theoperaplatform.eu) a site entirely devoted to opera, in which the Regio is the only Italian theatre to be present. La bohème will be visible in streaming for free for six months starting from 21st October, thus offering the wonderful opportunity to an audience to appreciate this important production.
Tickets go on sale from 24th September at the Box Office of the Teatro Regio, piazza Castello 215 – Tel. 011.8815.241/242, at Infopiemonte-TorinoCultura, at the Box Office of the Teatro Stabile, in sales Vivaticket, online points of www.teatroregio.torino. it and by phone with a credit card at number by calling 011.8815.270. For more information please call: 011.8815.557.
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Source: teatroregio.torino.it | Video Euronews

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