5 Things to Know about Teatro Regio Torino

16 November 2015

The 44th HKAF welcomes the world-famous Teatro Regio Torino in its exclusive Asian appearance in 2016. Before the dazzling company arrives, here’s a closer look into this second oldest Italian opera house from Italy's first capital city.

1. The Royal Theatre

The original Teatro Regio Torino was inaugurated in 1740 as the theatre of the Savoy court and immediately became an international point of reference for its seating capacity: about 1,800 seats in the stalls and five tiers of boxes, embellished with crimson and gold decorations.

2. Famous Premieres

Teatro Regio Torino hosted the world premieres of Puccini’s La Bohème and Manon Lescaut, and the Italian premiere of Strauss’s Salome, conducted by the composer.

3. The Legendary Maria Callas

The old theatre was destroyed by fire in 1936; the new amazing architectural building designed by Carlo Mollino was inaugurated in 1973, with I Vespri siciliani directed by Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano.

4. The Music Director since 2007

Gianandrea Noseda, Musical America's 2015 "Conductor of the Year," has been widely recognised as a renowned Verdi specialist. He has a strong connection with Russia and Russian composers so much to be appointed the first foreign Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre. He speaks fluent Russian and is known as the most Russian conductor outside of Russia.

Photo by Ramella&Giannese © Teatro Regio Torino

5. Sylvano Bussotti’s Simon Boccanegra

Teatro Regio Torino remounted Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in 2013 to celebrate the Verdi bicentenary. The production by the composer-director-designer Sylvano Bussotti, first opened in 1979, is widely regarded as a major achievement in the company's history. With a set enriched by Alcantara inserts, Bussotti created a prominent image of the sea, which is praised by critics as “[a] great thing of beauty.”

Photo by Ramella&Giannese © Teatro Regio Torino

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