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Bohème 2017Teatro Regio, Turin

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2017 is the 70th year of the Edinburgh Festival, and the opera programme is a celebratory one with a distinctly expanded line-up of nine works. For the first time for ages, we have a residency by a major visiting company, the Teatro Regio, Torino, with Macbeth, the opera that opened that first Festival back in 1947, and La bohème. never before seen at the Festival, and a work that was launched at the Teatro Regio back in 1896. Scottish Opera provide a new staging of Greek, Turnage's ground-breaking piece that was a Festival co-commission in 1988. There is also a strongly cast  staging of Don Giovanni.

The operas to be performed in concert include Die Walküre, the second instalment of the Festival's four-year survey of the Ring, as well as Peter Grimes. The 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth is celebrated with a trilogy of concerts in which John Eliot Gardiner conducts L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and.L'incoronazione di Poppea, seen together in Edinburgh for the first time since 1978.

There are three further events, not part of the opera programme, but which should be highlighted. No Festival visit is complete without enjoying a morning concert at the Queen's Hall. Here there is a prelude to the Monteverdi event in the form of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in a recently discovered transcription by Heinrich Schütz. The gloriously dramatic Damnation of Faust by Berlioz is performed by Mark Elder and the Hallé, while the Festival continues its exploration of rare Elgar with a revival of the cantata King Olaf.

La bohème may seem a surprising choice for the Festival to stage in its seventieth season. After all, if it has survived the previous sixty-nine years without looking at Puccini's masterpiece then why start now? And why Bohème, when Tosca and Madama Butterfly have been equally neglected? The reason is clearly attached more to the identity of the visiting company. This great opera received its first performance on 1 February 1896 in Turin, at the Teatro Regio under its chief conductor Arturo Toscanini, so it is hardly surprising if the company have a special attachment to it. While that theatre, dating from 1753, was destroyed by fire in 1936, a new and spectacularly modern Teatro Regio opened in 1973. It is, once again, one of the leading houses in Italy, as Edinburgh audiences saw with the concert performance of William Tell in 2014.

This production is under the direction of members of the famous Catalan company La Furia dels Baus, and promises to be a very interesting piece of music theatre. Gianandrea Noseda, familiar to Manchester audiences through his association with the BBC Philharmonic, recently conducted with great success at the New York Met, and has taken his Turin company to new levels of excellence.

It should be noted that while the Friday and Sunday performances start at 7.15, the central Saturday has a matinee at 3.00pm, with the evening show delayed until 8.00pm. As well as four performances of La bohème and three of Macbeth, the Teatro Regio will complete their visit with a performance of the Verdi Requiem in the Usher Hall on Tuesday, 22 August at 8.00pm. Gianandrea Noseda will conduct, joined by soloists Erika Grimaldi (also Mimì), Daniella Barcellona, Piero Pretti (also Macduff) and Michele Pertusi.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

Giorgio Berrugi (Aug 25, 26e)

Iván Ayón Rivas (Aug 26m, 27)

Marcello a painter

Massimo Cavaletti (Aug 25, 26e)

Artur Rucinski (Aug 26m, 27)

Colline a philosopher

Gabriele Sagona

Schaunard a musician

Benjamin Cho

Benoit the students' landlord

Matteo Peirone

Mimì a seamstress

Irina Lungu (Aug 25, 26e)

Erika Grimaldi (Aug 26m, 27)

Musetta a grisette

Kelebogile Besong (Aug 25, 26e)

Francesca Sassù (Aug 26m, 27)

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Matteo Peirone

Performance DatesBohème 2017

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