I Vespri siciliani to celebrate #Regio50

It’s an honour to be conducting the Gala Concert, a tribute by the Teatro Regio to its own memorable inauguration, which took place in 1973 with I Vespri siciliani by Verdi, staged by Maria Callas: the first 50 years in the history of this theatre, long-awaited by the citizens of Turin, and the emblem of an artistic and entrepreneurial vision in a remarkable city that had for so long been living in expectation of the reconstruction of the former Teatro Regio, burnt to the ground in the 1936 fire. The new Teatro Regio, designed by Carlo Mollino and inaugurated on 10th April 1973 to the surprise and delight of the audience of this unique theatre, was the result of a futuristic project that bore testimony to its creator, an eclectic protagonist in the history of Italian architecture and design. The fortunate choice of inaugurating the “spaceship” in 1973 with I Vespri siciliani entrusted to Maria Callas for her first and only experience as stage director, and to the voices of Raina Kabaivanska, Gianni Raimondi and Bonaldo Giaiotti, called for a revival of the emotions of that time. I’m delighted to be conducting another stellar cast today, featuring Roberta Mantegna, Piero Pretti, Vladimir Stoyanov and Michele Pertusi. The Teatro Regio Chorus has been prepared for the first time by Ulisse Trabacchin. This concert performance of the grand-opéra is the Italian version by Arnaldo Fusinato.

I’m returning to the Teatro Regio after conducting last January’s Memorial Concert and, twenty years previously, an opera which is close to my heart, Semiramide. I wish Turin and its Regio all good fortune for the arts