The Regio at Ljubljana Festival

Teatro Regio brings La Traviata to Slovenia

The artistic complexes of Teatro Regio have been invited to the 67th Ljubljana Festival, with La Traviata by Brockhaus and Svoboda, conducted  by Maestro Renzetti

Cankarjev dom: Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 8 pm

Teatro Regio has been invited to participate in the 67th edition of the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, where Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata will be staged at Cankarjev dom, Slovenia's largest cultural center, on Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 29th at 8 pm. Donato Renzetti will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio in the masterpiece by the composer from Busseto. In Ljubljana, Teatro Regio will present the legendary production of La Traviata with the stage direction and lighting by Henning Brockhaus and scenery by Josef Svoboda, coming from the Sferisterio of Macerata and the Pergolesi-Spontini Foundation of Jesi.

The presence of Teatro Regio Torino in Ljubljana is the result of the cooperation between the Ljubljana Festival, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Slovenia, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, by virtue of the collaboration agreement in the fields of culture and education between the Italian and Slovenian Governments.

The Ljubljana Festival, thanks to its long tradition and its very high-level program, significantly distinguishes the cultural proposal of the Slovenian capital, which in the last few years, has proposed up to 80 different kinds of events, welcoming more than 80,000 spectators. Since 1953, the Festival has hosted operas, performances, concerts, and theater and dance productions on the numerous stages scattered throughout the city, as well as visual arts events. Over the years, great artists including Krzysztof Penderecki, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Julian Rachlin, and Angela Gheorghiu, and celebrated orchestras such as the New York and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra of St. Petersburg and opera houses such as La Scala in Milan have participated.

Teatro Regio will be hosted for two evenings with a legendary staging – awarded the 1993 Abbiati Prize - which was a huge success last December at Teatro Regio, known as "La Traviata with mirrors". This rendition investigates the subtle border between Violetta's intimate and delicate nature and her public image, underlined by an enormous inclined mirror that multiplies the object of desire in the eyes of the voyeur, from all possible points of view. The scenery, with a powerful visual impact, is by Josef Svoboda, the filmed footage by Benito Leonori, the choreography by Valentina Escobar, and the costumes by Giancarlo Colis. The choir has been masterfully instructed by Andrea Secchi.

Donato Renzetti, one of the most renowned Italian directors, returns to conduct the Verdi masterpiece after its success at Teatro Regio in December. His long career has alternated operas with symphonies, as well as teaching and sessions in the recording studio.
On Wednesday, August 28th, the title role of Violetta will be performed by Maria Mudryak, a soprano born in Kazakhstan: beautiful, elegant and with a first-class vocalism, qualities that in a very short time have earned her, at just 23 years of age,  the attention of the audiences and many important theaters. On Thursday, August 29th, Violetta will be performed by Irina Dubrovskaya, the soprano born in Siberia, whose crystalline voice rich in harmonics enchanted the audience at the Fenice Opera Theatre in Venice a few months ago when she performed the same role.
Alfredo Germont is played by Giulio Pelligra, one of the emerging Italian tenors who has met with acclaim from both audiences and critics. Giorgio Germont is played by the baritone Giovanni Meoni, a renowned interpreter of the Italian operatic repertoire, who excels in Verdi's masterpieces, in particular in the "noble baritone" roles, thanks to a refined phrasing and an outstanding stage presence. The cast also includes: the contralto Elena Traversi (Flora Bervoix), the soprano Ashley Milanese (Annina), the tenor Luca Casalin (Gastone), the baritone Paolo Maria Orecchia (Douphol), the baritone Dario Giorgelè (Obigny), the bass Mattia Denti (Grenvil), the tenor Alejandro Escobar alternating with Luigi Della Monica (Giuseppe), the baritone Marco Sportelli alternating with Franco Rizzo (a servant), and the bass Giuseppe Capoferri, alternating with Riccardo Mattiotto (an agent). 
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