Teatro Regio Torino to Launch First North American Tour at Harris Theater, 12/3
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance today confirmed that a major event of the 2014-2015 Harris Theater Presents season will be the North American debut performance of the Turin, Italy-based Teatro Regio Torino orchestra and chorus, under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Teatro Regio Torino will open its first-ever North American tour at the Harris Theater on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7PM with a historic, one-night-only concert performance of Gioachino Rossini's opera William Tell. Teatro Regio Torino's four-stop tour-with performances in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Toronto, and New York's Carnegie Hall-also marks the first time an Italian opera house will tour an opera in concert form in North America. The December 3 production will feature soprano Angela Meade as Matilde, tenor John Osborn as Arnoldo, and baritone Fabio Capitanucci in the title role of Guglielmo Tell. Century old high jewelry house Buccellati, which recently opened a boutique on Oak Street, will be one of the sponsors for the debut performance at the Harris Theater. North American tour sponsors include Eataly, Lavazza and Del Cambio, a legendary Torino restaurant. Special events are being planned around this historic performance.
The most recent Chicago production of William Tell happened more than 25 years ago, performed by the Lithuanian Opera in 1986, according to local arts historian and administrator Richard Covello. Covello added, "Such a rare opera has been heard in Chicago in four different languages: French, Italian, German, and Lithuanian." Rossini's last and most famous work-familiar to many for its distinct overture-chronicles the story of a 15th century Swiss folk hero named William Tell, known for his legendary expertise with a cross bow. One day, while walking with his son in the village square, Tell publicly refuses to comply with a town decree, forcing passerby to bow their hats in reverence to the city magistrate. His refusal is a punishable offense. The magistrate, intrigued by Tell's fabled marksmanship, devises a cruel punishment: Tell and his son will be spared execution only on the condition that Tell successfully shoot an apple off his son's head. Tell subsequently finds himself on a journey of narrow escapes and epic adventures.
"It's remarkable that, with more than 250 years of history and a growing international reputation, the Teatro Regio Torino has yet to perform here in North America," said Michael Tiknis, the Harris Theater's President and Managing Director. "We are so proud to present this exceptional organization in its momentous North American debut performance. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Chicago audiences to witness history in the making."
Established in 1740 and newly inaugurated in 1973, Teatro Regio Torino has solidified its reputation as one of Italy's most prosperous and recognizable opera houses, along with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Noseda, Conductor Laureate at the BBC Philharmonic and Chief Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, was appointed Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007 and continues to receive international praise for his artistic and administrative leadership. Under Noseda, Teatro Regio Torino makes annual visits to Paris and has recently traveled to Austria, China, Japan, Spain, and Germany.