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Turin, Riccardo Muti returns to the podium of the Teatro Regio, he will direct Verdi's A Masquerade Ball
The direction of the new production is by Andrea De Rosa, with Luca Micheletti, Piero Pretti, Lidia Fridman as protagonists on stage
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Teatro Regio di Torino Foundation Presents

“ Opera and Ballet Season 2023 -24 ”
The return of is shaping up to be an event not to be missed Riccardo Muti to the Teatro Regio of Turin, where he will direct A masked ball, a masterpiece by Joseph greens.

On stage from 21 February to 3 March 2024 for six performances, the new production is directed by Andrea De Rosa, and features protagonists on stage Piero Pretti in the role of Riccardo, Luca Micheletti in that of Renato e Lydia Fridman like Amelia.

«We are excited and proud to welcome Maestro Muti back to the Regio – declares the superintendent Mathieu Jouvin – together with the artistic director Cristiano Sandri, we have planned the 2023-2024 Amour Toujours Season around two central points: Giacomo Puccini – in the year of the centenary celebrations – and the extraordinary presence of Maestro Muti with a new production of Verdi's masterpiece».

«The Regio is a very important theater – he declared Riccardo Muti in a recent interview – who has done important things, there has been Toscanini, there have been great conductors, I hope he can continue to improve. The meeting with the orchestra, choir and technicians was extraordinary, there is a way of being there that perhaps derives from the elegance of the city. It's an excellent working environment and that's the reason I came back, I'm coming back, and I hope to come back again." Muti's last presence at the Regio dates back to November 2022 when he directed Mozart's Don Giovanni, while Cosi fan tutte, another masterpiece of the Mozart trilogy, was presented in streaming in March 2021.

Theater director of prose and opera, former director of the Teatro Stabile of Naples and today at the helm of the TPE Teatro Astra of Turin, Andrea De Rosa he collaborated with Riccardo Muti on Don Pasquale by Donizetti (Ravenna, Madrid) and The unexpected marriage by Paisiello (Pentecost Festival of Salzburg), while in Turin he directed Schumann/Byron's Manfred and the diptych composed by Goyescas by Granados and Suor Angelica by Puccini. This is how Verdi's new staging describes it: «Riccardo's court, his palace, will be constantly immersed in a festive atmosphere. From the first scene, I will describe an atmosphere of exhaustion, tiredness, drunkenness, as if we were, in fact, at the end of one of the many masked balls that take place in this house. I imagined – continues De Rosa – a young Riccardo who, before being governor, is a man who releases a vital energy similar in some ways to that of Don Giovanni. For a man like this, the impossible love for Amelia, the wife of his closest friend, becomes the insurmountable limit that he is tempted to climb over. The dark side of this love, which drags the unfortunate towards the final tragedy and death, will have the face of Ulrica, the sorceress, the seer who, like the witches of Macbeth, will give the definitive push to what was already falling. The mask will be the central element, not only in the final dance, but in the staging of the entire show."

The staging uses scenes from Nicolas Bovey and of the costumes of Ilaria Ariemme, the choreographic movements are handled by Alessio Maria Romani and the lights from Paschal Mari.

The tenor will give voice and body to Richard, Earl of Warwick Piero Pretti, who played fundamental roles in important productions at the Regio; artist with an international career, he has worked on all the most important stages, from the Paris Opera to the Vienna Staatsoper via La Scala, and has taken part in numerous productions directed by Maestro Muti. As well as Luca Micheletti who debuts in the role of Renato. The thirty-eight-year-old baritone, actor and director, but also essayist, translator and playwright with a doctorate in Italian studies, is a son of art, heir to a dynasty of wandering artists. He began singing almost by chance when he participated in Marco Bellocchio's film on I Pagliacci di Leoncavallo. Since his debut in 2018 he has performed on the most important stages, from La Scala to the Royal Opera House in London, from Sydney to Tokyo under the direction of masters such as Riccardo Muti and Zubin Mehta. Amelia, Renato's wife, will be Lydia Fridman, a rising star in the opera scene. Born in 1996, the Russian singer trained at the Conservatories of Udine and Venice; returns to the Teatro Regio after Norma in the 2022 Season. The mezzo-soprano Alla Pozniak it will be the fortune teller Ulrica, the soprano Damiana Mizzi, the page Oscar. The singing company is completed by the baritone Sergio Vitale (Silvano), from the bass Daniel Giulianini (Samuel) e Luca Dall'Amico (Tom) and the tenor Riccardo Rados (A judge and Amelia's servant). The Chorus of the Teatro Regio is instructed, as usual, by Ulysses Trabacchin.

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(Riccardo Muti, photo credit Silvia Lelli)
Turin, Riccardo Muti returns to the podium of the Teatro Regio, he will direct Verdi's A Masquerade Ball

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The work

A masked ball of Giuseppe Verdi is a melodrama in three acts with a libretto by Antonio Somma, based on the play by Eugène Scribe Gustave III, ou Le Bal masqué, based on a true event.

The opera debuted at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 17 February 1859 (and not in Naples as expected) after a grueling dispute with the Bourbon censors who forced Verdi to mask the potentially anti-monarchist messages.

At the center of the story: Richard, Earl of Warwick and governor of Boston, Renato, his secretary, and Amelia, Renato's wife. The count has organized a grand ball where he will be able to see Amelia again, the woman he is secretly in love with, but who is married to his dear friend, Renato. The latter warns him of a conspiracy hatched by his enemies Samuel and Tom, while the fortune teller Ulrica predicts that Riccardo's death will occur at the hands of Renato, a prophecy to which no one listens. The discovery of love between his wife and Riccardo convinces Renato to collaborate with the conspirators to kill the count. It all happens during the famous masquerade ball scene, when Riccardo is shot to death by Renato, blinded by jealousy. In the opera, based on a true story, the comic and the tragic coexist in masterly balance, the frivolity of the page Oscar, the only character en travesti in all of Verdi's theatre, and the passion of the love duet in Act II and of the great aria by Renato «It was you who stained that soul».

Interpreters

Riccardo Muti conductor

Andrea de Rosa direction
Nicolas Bovey scenes
Ilaria Ariemme costumes
Alessio Maria Romano choreographic movements
Pasquale Mari lights
Ulysses Trabacchin choir master

Characters and performers
Riccardo Piero Pretti
Renato Luca Micheletti
Amelia Lydia Fridman
Ulrica Alla Pozniak
Oscar Damiana Mizzi
Silvano Sergio Vitale
Samuel Daniel Giulianini
Tom Luca Dall'Amico
A judge / A servant of Amelia Riccardo Rados

Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino

New staging Teatro Regio Turin

Program

A masked ball
Melodrama in three acts
Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Antonio Somma
taken from Gustave III, ou Le Bal masqué by Eugène Scribe

First ever performance: Rome, Teatro Apollo, 17/02/1859

Replicas

21 February 2024 at 8pm 'before'
performances 23, 27 February, 1 March at 8pm
February 25th and March 3rd at 3pm

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