Teatro Regio di Parma
The Teatro Regio (Royal Theatre) opened in 1829, after a very long and rich theatrical and musical history in this culturally ebullient town.
The theatre was connected by aerial passages to the Duke’s Palace so as to enable the Dukes to move in safety, without the need for escorts, from their private residence to the church of S.Alessandro to the Riserva Palace and to the theatre itself, a sign of prestige probably inspired by the aerial passage of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.
The first decades of the Nineteenth century saw the repertoire of Teatro Regio in “triad” of “bel canto”: Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. From 1850 on comes Verdi into the repertoire, who, only few years after the consecration of the three most popular composers single-handedly became the most important and represented Italian composer in the world. In the following years, there was the introduction of names and music in Italy such as Meyerbeer, Gounod, Halèvy, Flotow, Bizet, Gomes, Massenet, Thomas, Saint-Saèns and finally Wagner.
In the 20th century the Teatro Regio began to live what was and still is the life of a theatre and it is considered as being the only theatre in the province which can compete with the great lyrical establishments in terms of notoriety, quality of scenery and staging, famous artists, number and competence of the audience.
Nowadays, the Teatro Regio confirms its inexhaustible vitality by reaffirming itself to be the most important theatre in the “traditional” classification and in spite of the existence of opera theatres which are much more favoured by legislation in terms of economic possibilities it often rivals them victoriously in the hearts of those who feel a great passion for the opera thanks to its worldwide fame and the quality of its performances. On its stage the greatest singers of the last few years: Alfredo Kraus, Josè Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli, Renato Bruson, Raina Kabaivanska, Cesare Siepi, Boris Christoff and Barbara Hendricks.
The extraordinary activity on the stage of the Regio is beautifully matched by the position the theatre has always had: The Teatro Regio is the heart of Parma, geographically, culturally and sentimentally.