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Teatro Regio Foundation of Turin
The Teatro Regio di Torino is a lyric-symphonic foundation with a long and glorious history of international significance which began in 1740 and has continued with few interruptions until today. On its stage, among the largest in Europe, opera and ballet performances are staged, as well as symphonic and symphonic-choral concerts.


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Established in 1973, the Historical Archive of the Teatro Regio documents, preserves and hands down the glorious history of music in Piedmont and of the Teatro Regio starting from the origin of the Savoy court theaters, from the mid-seventeenth century to the future. The Historical Archive is flanked by the Musical, Photographic, Audio-video and Scenotecnico Archives.

The Teatro Regio of Turin it is one of the major Italian theaters, among the most important in the European and international panorama. Opened in 1740, has been transformed and modernized several times during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Completely destroyed by a violent fire in February 1936, has been rebuilt in modern form only dat the late 1960s is re-inaugurated in 1973. All that remains of the original building is the historic eighteenth-century façade, arcaded and harmonizing with the vast Piazza Castello.


The origins of the Teatro Regio di Torino go back to the 1720s when Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, having acquired the title of King of Sardinia, commissioned his court architect ("first civil architect" of the Savoy kingdom) Filippo Juvarra to design a new great theater to replace the old Court Theater.

However, the intent only materialized under his successor Carlo Emanuele III who, after Juvarra died, entrusted the project to Benedetto Alfieri. Built in the record time of two years, the Teatro Regio was inaugurated on December 26, 1740 with theArsace by Francesco Feo. The extraordinary capacity, the magnificent decorations, the avant-garde stage machines and the quality of the performances gave European notoriety to the Savoy theater, so much so that it was inserted among the tables of the'Encyclopédie by Diderot and D'Alembert where the building was presented as a paradigm of the Italian theater.

After five years of closure (1792/1796) due to the wars following the revolutionary period in France, with the Restoration the theater returned to the Savoy's possession. At the time of Carlo Felice (1821 - 1831), a great music lover, virtuosos such as Giuditta Pasta and Domenico Donzelli tread the scenes of the Regio, but in the nineteenth century Turin loses its importance compared to Milan, Naples and Venice.

In 1870 the ownership of the Regio passed to the Municipality of Turin, and the history of the Theater was intertwined with that of the Civic Orchestra and Popular Concerts conceived by Carlo Pedrotti, who introduced great innovations in the repertoire with the music of Wagner and Massenet. In the name of Wagner is also the debut in the Theater of Arturo Toscanini, who has collaborated with the Orchestra since 1895.

The presence of Giacomo Puccini is also significant, with the first absolute performances at the Teatro Regio di Torino of Manon Lescaut (1893) and La bohemian (1896), and by Richard Strauss, whom he directed in 1906 Salome in Italian "prima". The last great “prima” hosted by the ancient Regio is Francesca from Rimini by Riccardo Zandonai, on a libretto by Gabriele D'Annunzio (1914). After closing in the war period, the Theater is dedicated to repertoire works.

In the night between 8 and 9 February 1936, the theater was destroyed by a violent fire: almost forty years were needed for its reconstruction. In 1937 the tender was published, won by the architects Aldo Morbelli and Robaldo Morozzo della Rocca, but the project was not followed up.

Only in 1965 the Municipality of Turin promotes a new solution by entrusting the task to the architect Carlo Mollino and to the engineer Marcello Zavelani Rossi. The works began in September 1967 and ended at the beginning of 1973. The new Teatro Regio is inaugurated on 10 April 1973 with Sicilian Vespers by Verdi under the (single) direction of Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano.

In 1998 the autonomous Lyric Entity of the Teatro Regio, like the other Italian Opera Entities, becomes a private law Foundation by law, giving rise to the new Teatro Regio Foundation of Turin.

In 2006, the XX Olympic Winter Games and the Cultural Olympics gave enormous international visibility to the Teatro Regio, contributing to its relaunch all over the world, also realized thanks to the artistic partnership with Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director from 2007 to 2018. Under the direction di Noseda, the Regio has made numerous tours: in Japan and China, in St. Petersburg, in many European cities and capitals, in the United States and Canada, in Argentina and in Oman. At the same time, the Theater has significantly intensified its video-record productions.


The artistic teams

Orchestra of the Teatro Regio

The Teatro Regio Torino Orchestra is the heir of the complex founded at the end of the nineteenth century by Arturo Toscanini, under whose direction numerous concerts and many historical opera productions were performed. Particularly noteworthy are the Italian premieres of Twilight of the Gods by Wagner and Salome by Strauss, and the world premieres of Manon Lescaut is The bohemian by Puccini.

The Orchestra has performed with the most famous soloists and leading internationally renowned conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Ashkenazy, Bartoletti, Bychkov, Campanella, Dantone, Gelmetti, Gergiev, Hogwood, Luisi, Luisotti, Mariotti, Oren, Pidò, Sado, Steinberg, Tate is Gianandrea Noseda, from 2007 to 2018 Musical Director of the Teatro Regio. He has also accompanied great ballet companies such as those of the Bolshoi of Moscow and of the Mariinsky of St. Petersburg.

Numerous invitations to festivals and theaters around the world, in Germany, Spain, Austria, France and Switzerland, China, Japan, Russia, Great Britain, United States, Canada, Finland, Argentina, Oman, Slovenia.

The Orchestra and the Chorus of the Theater also have an intense recording and videographic activity. The most recent CDs have been recorded for prestigious labels such as Warner-Classics / Erato, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos.

Chorus Teatro Regio of Turin

Founded at the end of the 19th century and reconstituted in 1945 after the Second World War, the Teatro Regio Torino Choir is one of the major European theatrical choirs. At his direction they have succeeded Bruno Casoni, under whose leadership (1994 - 2002) the team reached a high international level, Claudio Marino Moretti, Roberto Gabbiani, Claudio Fenoglio, thanks to which further artistic peaks have been reached. Starting from 2018 the assignment was assigned to Andrea Secchi.

Children's choir of the Teatro Regio and of the “Giuseppe Verdi"

The Children's Choir is born in 1997 with the direction of Claudio Marino Moretti which in 2008 he succeeded Claudio Fenoglio.

Intense and constant is the participation of the Choir in the shows for La Scuola all'Opera, in which it has been the protagonist of numerous works for children. ; in recent years he has been particularly involved in titles that dedicate a leading role to white voices.

Teatro Regio Foundation of Turin

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