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Renowned orchestra director Arturo Toscanini was born in Parma and is considered one of the greatest interpreters of all time, directing prestigious orchestras in the most famous theaters around the world. The birth house of the celebrated director was purchased by the Maestro’s children and donated to the city. It has been since transformed into a museum. There is also Parma Cathedral, built on the site of a paleo Christian basilica in the twelfth century and home to the breathtaking Assumption of the Virgin by Correggio. It is a wonderful example of the crossover from the renaissance to the baroque period and a masterpiece of pure visual illusionism. Next to the cathedral, the Battistero is considered one of the most important medieval monuments in Italy. Built with pink marble between 1196 and 1216, it is an unmissable example of the passage from Romanesque to Gothic art. For lunch, we’ll be the guests of the Marchesi Dalla Rosa Prati in their splendid residence that looks over Piazza del Duomo and the Battistero. JÉRUSALEM Opera in four acts by ALPHONSE ROYER and GUSTAVE VAËZ TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017 | 3:30PM Performance Length: 3 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI Critical Edition by Jürgen Selk, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and Casa Ricordi, Milano CHARACTERS AND INTERPRETERS Gaston, Viscount of Béarn RAMON VARGAS The Count of Toulouse VITTORIO VITELLI Roger, the Count’s brother MICHELE PERTUSI Hélène, the Count’s daughter ANNICK MASSIS Isaure, her companion VALENTINA BOI Adhémar de Monteil, Papal Legate DEYAN VATCHKOV Raymond, Gaston’s squire PAOLO ANTOGNETTI The Emir of Ramla MASSIMILIANO CATELLANI An officer of the Emir QING XIU A Herald FRANCESCO SALVADORI Music Director and Conductor DANIELE CALLEGARI Director, Staging, and Costumes HUGO DE ANA FILARMONICA ARTURO TOSCANINI TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA CHOIR New staging by Teatro Regio di Parma in co-production with Opéra de Monte-Carlo