In the place of its first performance, LA BOHÈME returns to Teatro Regio Torino to open its 2016-2017 season. This 120th anniversary production is directed by Àlex Ollé, the celebrated director of La Fura dels Baus, and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, music director of the Regio.
Teatro Regio Torino
The original Teatro Regio Torino was inaugurated in December 1740 as the theatre of the Savoy court. An important international opera house from the outset, it hosted the world premieres of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and La bohème, and the Italian premiere of Strauss’s Salome, conducted by the composer. The old theatre was destroyed by fire in 1936; the new amazing architectural building designed by Carlo Mollino was inaugurated in April 1973, with I Vespri siciliani directed by Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano.
The new Theatre rapidly established a reputation as one of the leading Italian opera houses, thanks largely to the quality of its Orchestra and Chorus, forged ahead in recent years with the appointment of Gianandrea Noseda as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007. Since 2010 many international tours have been successfully taking place in several European music capitals, in Japan, China and North America.
It was 1896 when Giacomo Puccini presented the world première of LA BOHÈME at Teatro Regio di Torino, fifty years after the publication of SCÈNES DE LA VIE DE BOHÈME by Henri Murger, published in instalments between 1845 and 1849 on the literary journal LE CORSAIRE.