REGGIO EMILIA – Opera, concerts, dance, prose and musicals. Culture returns to the scene. The I Teatri Foundation has presented the calendar of shows that will be possible to attend from January to June 2022 and is launching some new features: discounted carnet, rechargeable Christmas gift cards, and New Year’s Eve shows.
The Opera Season, which begins again in January with a tragically modern, indeed current Carmen, will bring us in February a heroic, revolutionary and passionate Verdi with the opera Ernani, co-produced together with the Theaters of Piacenza and Ferrara, while March will be the month of the Barber of Seville, by Rossini. A colorful, joyful work, it was produced in full lockdown last year at the Teatro Valli, directed by Fabio Cherstich and conducting by Leonardo Sini. In May Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, work postponed due to Covid, one of the happiest outcomes of the Brecht-Weill partnership, if not the most significant in an absolute sense.
The Concert Season, which in January starts with the highly anticipated return of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniele Gatti and with a program entirely focused on Schumann, brings in February to the Teatro Valli Il Giardino Armonico, one of the most popular and requested musical groups specialized in performing with original instruments, with Giovanni Antonini, conductor and flutes, and Avi Avital, the first mandolin soloist nominated for a classic Grammy Award: the program ranges from Haydn to Paisiello, from Bach to Hummel. March is the month of two young musicians of great talent and already highly appreciated on the international scene: Julia Hagen, cellist already appreciated in 2016 in Reggio Emilia, when she participated in the Casa del Quartetto, together with Annika Treutler, who in 2018 the Rbb (Rundfunk Berlin -Brandenburg) has defined “the most interesting German pianist under 30”: they will perform music by Schumann and Mendelssohn. Spring brings with it two international orchestras with as many important pianists: in April the Prague Philharmonia, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and with the piano by Andrew Von Oeyen; in May the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer, with the piano by Daniil Trifonov. In the program of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, ranked among the most important orchestras of the Czech Republic, we will listen to Brahms in Dvořák, and in the program of the Hungarian Orchestra two other monuments of music of all time: Beethoven and Mahler.
The much appreciated Saturday afternoon concert lessons at the Cavallerizza also return, with Emanuele Ferrari, piano, talking and playing around Debussy (in February), and telling, between words and notes, Satie and the art of smiling (in March). In April, Mariangela Vacatello, piano, will speak and play around Skrjabin, between Romanticism and ecstasy.
In June (6 – 18) the third edition of the Casa del Quartetto returns, a highly educated artistic residency project for young string quartets.
The program includes the participation of four young quartets, study activities with the Kuss Quartet and the Diotima Quartet, open rehearsals, public concerts in theaters and in city places.
The Dance Season continues the great events started during the Open Festival. In Outwitting the Devil, the Akram Khan Company, in January, explores our oldest rituals in the midst of our ever-changing planet.In March, with the three-part evening TRIPLE, Richard Siegal draws a connecting line between his creations of international success in recent years and a recent work done with the Ballet of Difference: All For One – opening sequence of 20 minutes of Two for the show – is danced on pointe, on the opulent and radiant set and reveals the relentless faith in power of art. Metric Dozen leaves you breathless, with almost inhuman tempos, in which the dancers spin through the darkness of the stage and open the view to the “future of dance” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Finally, My Generation, with the flamboyant costumes of the designer Bernhard Willhelm is “a monstrous high that you hope will never end” (Huffington Post).
In April, the LEV Company, founded and directed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, proposes the latest creation Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart, a new immersion in relationships, in the dynamics of feelings, in the agony of pain, in fear abandonment, in the void of farewells, with the direct and inspired gaze of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and with the powerful sound atmospheres curated live by Ori Lichtik.
Yeled (in Hebrew “child”) is the world premiere that Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto will bring to the stage: a new production for 16 dancers by Eyal Dadon / Diego Tortelli, scheduled for the end of April, in an evening that also includes SHOOT ME, also by Diego Tortelli, a creation accompanied by the music of Spiritualized, an English rock group formed in 1990, and some recordings of poems declaimed by singer Jim Morrison.
The Season of Prose in January he brings Sonia Bergamasco to the Ariosto Theater, directed by Antonio Latella, with a classic of American dramaturgy: Who is afraid by Virginia Woolf: Claudio Bisio at the Teatro Valli, in February, in My life told badly, drawing on the literary heritage of Francesco Piccolo leads us into an eccentric sequence of stories and situations from a life, which is reflected in everyone’s. It will be an important March for prose lovers: Leonardo Lidi, emerging director, gives a spasmodically in-depth and at the same time overwhelmingly personal reading of the Tennessee Williams Glass Zoo: Otello by Otello Circus, with the Teatro la Ribalta – Kunst der Vielfalt, company with men and women with and without disabilities and the Allegro Moderato Orchestra, is an opera-theatrical work inspired by the operas of Verdi and Shakespeare, set in an old circus where Othello is forced to represent his personal tragedy.
March ends with Io, 7-14-21-28 and Anelante, three shows in three days, by Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella, an unparalleled artistic couple on the contemporary theater scene. In April, Alessandro Serra, after the award-winning Macbettu, will return to Shakespeare with a new and awaited staging of The Tempest, while Emanuele Aldrovandi, finally and after a few postponed due to Covid, brings Farfalle, winner of the 2015 Hystrio Prize to Reggio Emilia and of the Mario Fratti Award 2016; show that in the meantime has successfully debuted in New York.
The Season of Musicals. In January, after two years of abstinence, the general public of the musical will be able to rejoice with Hair, a cult show at the end of the 60s, more than ever the manifesto ideal of the new generations who sing the dawn of the Aquarian age. A tribute to the opera-rock symbol of hippy thought, which in this version becomes Hair, the tribal love-rock musical, with live music, engaging choreography, the libretto in Italian but the songs in the original language and irreverent transgression of its contents. Who knows what news the Legnanesi will bring us, in February, with We just have to laugh: here, the well-known Colombo family, with a strange artifice that starts from the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, find themselves in “almost 1500”, with Leonardo intent on painting the famous Monnalisa. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in April, is a new edition, inspired by the famous Hollywood film, with a look at the characters and settings of the ironic world of Quentin Tarantino’s westerns. Diana Del Bufalo and Baz, the newest couple of the Italian musical theater, know how to be explosive, fun, volcanic. Finally, in May, the famous Jesus Christ Superstar will arrive directly at the stage of the Sistina Theater in Rome, the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in the memorable version signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, a great staging in English with live orchestra.
Among the novelties of the moment, Christmas brings with it a brand new rechargeable gift card from the I Teatri Foundation. To be loaded with the amount you want and donate to relatives, friends and even yourself. Those who receive it will be able to use and reuse it (it will be available all year round) to purchase all the shows of the I Teatri Foundation.
New Year’s Eve at the Theater
On December 31, you can say goodbye to the year that goes to the theater. There are two scheduled shows.
A Christmas Carol, adaptation of the famous novel by Charles Dickens, will be staged at the Teatro Municipale Valli (8.30 pm). Spearhead of the cast will once again be Roberto Ciufoli in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The well-known story by Charles Dickens, is proposed in its theatrical version, with the music and songs of Alan Menken (author of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and many other hits), with the direction and choreography of Fabrizio Angelini and the musical direction of Gabriele de Guglielmo.
At the Ariosto Theater (8.30 pm) the Corrado Abbati / InScena Company presents La Vedova Allegra, the most popular of the operettas, in which the protagonists are involved in a whirlwind and amusing confusion which, as is natural for an operetta, at the end is recomposes in the best way, with the marriage between the beautiful widow Anna Glavari and the handsome diplomat Danilo.
Tickets on sale from Tuesday, December 7 on www.iteatri.re.it online and at the box office.
Info, tickets and season tickets
All tickets are on sale from Tuesday 7 December at the ticket office and online at www.iteatri.re.it (from 1 to 6 December reserved for season ticket holders for the 2019-2020 season and for Amici dei Teatri).
The carnet (at least 3 titles) discounted by 25% (with the exception of musicals, discounted by 15%) are also on sale at the ticket office.
Under 30 carnet also on sale, discounted by 40%.
According to the decree of 24 November last, access to the shows from 6 December to 15 January 2022 will be allowed only to those with a reinforced Green Pass.