Teatro Regio di Parma
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Teatro Regio di Parma

The Teatro Regio di Parma, originally constructed as the Nuovo Teatro Ducale Theatre is an opera house in Parma, Italy.  

It is located: https://goo.gl/maps/uoTs61REHzH2

Gary and I took a private tour just before we were lucky to attend the 2016 Festival showing of Giuseppe Verdi’s, Il Trovatore.

The 1,400-seat auditorium, with four tiers of boxes topped by a gallery (which used to be complexly open) was inaugurated on 16 May 1829, when it presented the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini’s Zaira, but with all of its showings, it did not prove to be popular with the Parma audiences.  

back-of-theater

The Teatro Regio achieved prominence in the years after 1829, especially after the composer Giuseppe Verdi, who was born only 20 miles from Parma, achieved fame after he came to direct is Nabucco in 1843, which was a huge success. Since that time, the Teatro Regio has staged every one of his operas. Verdi was adopted by Parma as its native son.

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the stage

the stage

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Today, the company stages about four operas each season from mid January to April and, since 2003, it has presented an annual Verdi Festival each October.

Gary and I were very lucky to get the last few seats (and great ones too!) for the October 23rd showing of Il Trovatore, as part of the 2016 Festival Verdi.

 
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Il Travatore | Our night at the opera

The opera was amazing. We sat in Box 11 and met several nice people. Three of the people we met traveled from Milan, Bologna and Genoa to see this opera. What stuck me was that the words were projected above the stage in Italian and English. I asked Fabizio (one of the gentlemen in our box seat) if that was common in Italy and he said that it was. Interesting.

Teatro Regio, Parma

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  • Reply Nancy Petralia November 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    You did MUCH better than we did. Our seats–only ones available for the obscure opera Le Due Foscari–were up against the ceiling! Couldn’t see a thing. But the music was beautiful. No supertitles as I recall. Maybe that’s a new thing.

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