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Turin, with 'La rondine' the Teatro Regio continues its homage to Puccini, starring Olga Peretyatko
Francesco Lanzillotta takes the podium, the director Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau sets the action in 1973 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the new Teatro Regio designed by Carlo Mollino
Organized by: Teatro Regio Foundation of Turin

Teatro Regio di Torino Foundation Presents

“ Opera and Ballet Season 2023-2024 ”
In the imminence of centenary of Puccini (1924 – 2024) the Teatro Regio of Turin the homage to the composer from Lucca continues with a new production by The swallow, on stage from 17 to 26 November 2023.

Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau who signs the installation, sets the story in 1973, thus celebrating i 50 years since the inauguration of the new Teatro Regio designed by Carlo Mollino.

The brilliant, ironic, disenchanted music of this lesser-known but precious gem of Giacomo Puccini is entrusted to the expert baton of Francesco Lanzillotta, recognized interpreter of the twentieth century repertoire, who directs theOrchestra and the Chorus of the Teatro Regio, the latter instructed by Ulysses Trabacchin.

The cast brings together big names known to the public and young performers invited for the first time at the Regio: the highly acclaimed protagonist will be playing the role of Magda Olga Peretyatko, who had been missing from the Turin stage since 2015, when he performed there The Puritans. The Romanian soprano Valentina Farcas, already appreciated in Falstaff in 2017, she will play Lisette, while the two leading tenor voices will be those of Mario Rojas (Ruggero), which debuts at the Regio, and of Santiago Ballerini (Prunier), who returns later The elixir of love of 2018. In the performances of 18, 21 and 23 November the protagonists will be Carolina López Moreno (Magda), Marilena Ruta (Lisette), Oreste Cosimo (Ruggero) and Marco Ciaponi (Prunier).

He claims Mathieu Jouvin, Superintendent of the Regio: «Puccini is one of the pillars of our 23/24 Season, which presents the most popular titles of the classical repertoire, such as La Boheme is The Maiden of the West, and others less known to the general public such as The swallow, The villasie The triptych. As Superintendent I consider myself in charge of a public service, that of opera, and therefore I feel the obligation to respect the expectations of the spectators, but at the same time I intend to take some risks by proposing little-known works and offering original titles such as The Juive (which inaugurated the Season), precisely The swallow or The Tender Land, which allow us to intrigue the public through non-obvious programming."

To get on the podium of theOrchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Sara Francis Lanzillotta, which returns after the success of 2022 with  Norm by Vincenzo Bellini. Considered one of the most interesting conductors on the Italian scene, Lanzillotta was Musical Director of the Macerata Opera Festival from 2017 to 2021, he was invited to the major Italian and European theatres, in Russia, Beijing, South Korea and Toronto. «Having the opportunity to listen and see The swallow, a very rare work – explains the director – is an opportunity not to be missed. The score is refined and elegant, with an orchestra full of a thousand colours, entertaining but imbued with a certain dose of cynicism, and at the same time, especially in the second act, a score in which the homage to dance is evident: let's think about the use of the waltz, but also of other typical dances of the time such as the fox-trot, the slow-fox, the one-step and the tango which Puccini - being an extremely curious composer - made his own. Here we represent the second version of the opera, the one from 1920, in which Magda leaves Ruggero, or the ending in which Puccini abandons a certain type of sentimentalism to open the doors to the coldness of Princess Turandot, who he will soon face; so this connection between the ending of the Swallow and the last opera that the composer will write."

Direction, sets and costumes are by Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau, which returns to the Regio with this new creation after inaugurating the 2023 Season with The Barber of Seville. He began working in the world of opera as assistant to Jean-Claude Auvray, Stéphane Braunschweig, Jérôme Deschamps, John Dew and Macha Makeieff, later signing in  L'Amant Jaloux by André Grétry at the Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Opéra Comique in Paris. Since 2013 he has collaborated steadily with the Biel-Solothurn Opera; in the 2019/20 season he worked with the opera houses of Angers, Nantes and Rennes, with the Opéra de Rouen and the Sanxay Festival. Rousseau states: «The swallow it is a work that deserves to be seen because it is much deeper than the theme suggests. It is the story of Magda, a modern woman, who decides her own destiny and gains independence; so for me it's a feminist work. In this production, in the title role we have extraordinary singers such as Olga Peretyatko and Carolina López Moreno, who will be able to interpret this character intensely. I chose to place the action in 1973 as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the new Regio designed by Carlo Mollino, a year which allows me to evoke in my staging the charm of the years of Yves Saint Laurent, Jacques de Bascher, Loulou de la Falaise, Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg; like a film by Claude Sautet, which sees Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Michel Piccoli fall in love - and tear each other apart, in a vortex of breathless music."


After the youth The villas and Edgar, The swallow is the least known work of Giacomo Puccini. The Teatro Regio presents this title one hundred and six years after the first performance (Monte-Carlo, Théâtre de l'Opéra, 27 March 1917) and twenty-nine years after the last performance in Turin (Teatro Regio, 1994).

The genesis of the work dates back to 1913, when the Carltheater in Vienna commissioned an operetta from the composer. Puccini, dissatisfied with the dramatic structure created by the librettists Heinz Reichert and Alfred Willner, transformed The swallow into a real opera, relying on the librettist Giuseppe Adami. For the protagonist, the young Magda, he reserves a vocally impervious part and a dramaturgy that makes her an ideal trait d'union between two great tragic heroines of melodrama: Mimì and Violetta. The gestation of the work dragged on with continuous second thoughts between 1913 and 1915 and, due to the outbreak of the First World War, it was only performed in 1917.
Turin, with 'La rondine' the Teatro Regio continues its homage to Puccini, starring Olga Peretyatko


Francesco Lanzillotta conductor

Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau direction, sets and costumes
Carmine de Amicis choreography
Gilles Gentner lights

Main characters and performers

Magda de Civry Olga Peretyatko
Carolina Lopez Moreno (18, 21, 23)
Lisette Valentina Farcas
Marilena Ruta (18, 21, 23)
Roger Lastouc Mario Rojas
Oreste Cosimo (18, 21, 23)
Prunier Santiago Ballerini
Marco Ciaponi (18, 21, 23)

Ulysses Trabacchin choir master
Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino

New layout Teatro Regio Turin


The swallow

Lyric comedy in three acts
Booklet of Giuseppe Adami

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Absolute first performance
Monte-Carlo, Opéra, 27 March 1917


17 November 2023 at 8pm 'Before'
performances on 18, 21, 23 November at 8pm
on 19, 22, 26 November at 3pm

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