On the occasion of the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi was born in the little town of Le Roncole in the vicinity of Parma and – even though he celebrated his greatest triumphs in Milan, Venice, Naples and other cities – spent the longest period in his life in seclusion close to Parma, where he died in 1901. Today, the region of Parma honors his one-time fellow citizen with the internationally acclaimed Verdi Festival organized by the Teatro Regio di Parma. Every year, Verdi’s masterworks are performed in the historical theaters of Parma and neighboring Busseto over 28 days in the fall. Raising these productions to the level of highly coveted events is the participation of world stars of bel canto such as Leo Nucci, Marcelo Álvarez, Renato Bruson and Daniela Dessì, and conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov and Gianluigi Gelmetti.
The Teatro Regio was opened during Verdi’s lifetime, in 1829, as the Nuovo Teatro Ducale. It is regarded as one of the most important theaters in Italy. Its audiences, in particular, enjoy a very special reputation for allegedly being one of the most critical in the world. Many singers report about the fears that gripped them while on stage, and others about moments of bliss when they were acclaimed there. It is said that tenors who fail on the stage of the Regio are punished even by the porters of the hotels, who refuse to carry their luggage…
CastMarcelo Álvarez | Teresa Romano Claudio Sgura | Mzia Nioradze
Number of actsOpera in 4 acts
Total running time2 hours 25 min
Sung inSung in ItalianShare on Facebook