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Turin, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini in the Italian premiere of The Tender Land by Aaron Copland
Written in 1954, the work is set in 1930s America
Single seat €30 | Under 30 €24 | Regio Card Youth €10

Teatro Regio di Torino Foundation Presents

“ Opera and Ballet Season 2023 – 24 ”
His tantalizing and meritorious exploration of alternative repertoires continues Teatro Regio of Turin, which brings a breath of fresh air to the billboards by placing unusual titles alongside consolidated/great traditional ones: thus, after the success achieved just a year ago by 'Powder her face' by Thomas Adès, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini from 7 April to 7 May 2024 will be staged for the first time in Italy The Tender Land, opera in three acts by Aaron Copland on booklet by Horace Everett.

«I firmly believe – declares the Superintendent Mathieu Jouvin – that it is the task of a cultural institution like the Teatro Regio to propose great titles and composers from the Italian tradition, but not only. After the happy experience with Powder Her Face, staged last season, the Piccolo Regio Puccini returns to being the place to experiment and enrich the programming, providing stimuli and different points of view, such as the combination of Offenbach's operetta Un seas à la porte at the grand-opéra La Juive, and of Copland's The Tender Land at the Fanciulla del West»

Written in the mid-1950s, The Tender Land is the second of two opera titles by Aaron Copland (New York 1900 – 1990), considered the 'dean of American composers'. Trained first in his homeland and then in Paris where he was Nadia Boulanger's first American student, Copland was able to blend multiple inspirations - from classical music to contemporary experiences of European music, from jazz to North American folklore - finding a distinctly personal and clearly recognizable compositional language .

Author of successful ballets - Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Appalachian Spring - of stage and film music, orchestral, choral and chamber works, Copland had written his first opera in 1936, The Second Hurricane, performed the following year directed by a very young Orson Welles. Only about twenty years later, in 1954, he put his hand to The Tender Land, an intimate work, animated by folk-inspired dances and melodies, set against the backdrop of rural America in the 1930s, the era of the Great Depression following the Wall Street crash. The subject takes inspiration from the reality described in a well-known book at the time, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by the poet and critic James Agee: a journalistic reportage, an account of a trip to the rural south of the United States during the 'Great Depression', enriched by touching images by the great photographer Walker Evans. It was above all female portraits, images of country women, that inspired the composer.

The simple beauty of the work was able to conquer in particular the young artistic groups of New York colleges, thanks to the dances and melodies modeled on American folklore, the choral pieces full of feeling and above all the story of the young protagonist Laurie who during her graduation days discovers the love, disappointment and an irresistible desire for independence.

To make the best of the opera, Copland himself explained, "the ideal is small rooms, fresh performers and an audience with a young heart." The Teatro Regio, following the composer's precept, entrusts The Tender Land to a team of young artists: the conductor Alexander Palumbo, director Paul Vectors and a young cast led by the singers of Regio Ensemble, the soprano Irina Bogdanova as the protagonist Laurie Moss, the bass Tyler Zimmerman in those of Grandpa Moss, the contralto Ksenia Chubunova like Ma Moss and the baritone Andres Sagging as Tramp Top; with them, the tenor Michael Butler as the tramp Martin. In the supporting roles, the cast is completed by Valentino Buzza, Giulia Medicina, Davide Motta Fré, Junghye Lee, Eun Young Jang, Giovanni Castagliuolo, Roberto Calamo and the white voices of Layla Nejmi and Minerva Bonizio.

The Royal Choir is instructed by Ulysses Trabacchin, the scenes of the new staging are by Claudia Boassus, the costumes of Laura Viglione and the lights of Gianni Bertoli.

The photo below is from Walker Evans (Saint Louis, 1903 – New Haven, 1975), the face is of Allie Mae Burroughs, 4 children, 27 years old, wife of an Alabama cotton sharecropper, Floyd, 31 years old. To know more [click here].
Turin, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini in the Italian premiere of The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

Interpreters

Alessandro Palumbo conductor
Paolo Vettori direction

Claudia Boasso scenes
Laura Viglione costumes
Gianni Bertoli lights

Ulysses Trabacchin choir master
Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino

Characters and performers
Laurie Moss soprano Irina Bogdanova°
Martin tenor Michael Butler
Grandpa Moss bass Tyler Zimmerman°
But Moss contralto Ksenia Chubunova°
Top baritone Andres Cascante°
Mr. Splinters tenor Valentino Buzza
Mrs. Splinters mezzo-soprano Giulia Medicina
Mr. Jenks baritone Davide Motta Fré
Mrs. Jenks soprano Junghye Lee
Young Girl and Voiceover soprano Eun Young Jang
First Man tenor Giovanni Castagliuolo
Second Man baritone Roberto Calamo
Beth Moss white voice Layla Nejmi / Minerva Bonizio

° Artists of the Royal Ensemble

New staging Teatro Regio Turin

Program

The Tender Land 
Opera in three acts

Music by Aaron Copland
Libretto by Horace Everett

Absolute first performance
New York, City Opera, 1 April 1954

Replicas

7 April 2024 at 4pm 'before'

repeat performances 11 April, 4 and 7 May at 8pm

May 5th at 4pm

Who organizes

Teatro Regio Foundation of TurinThe Teatro Regio of Turin… more

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