Teatro Regio di Parma Releases ‘Arturo Toscanini e La Bacchetta Magica’

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Regio di Parma’s book series I miti dell’Opera has released its latest edition entitled “Arturo Toscanini e la bacchetta magica.”

The new book tells the story Toscanini’s passion for music, his studies at the Scuola Regia, his first experiences as a cellist, up to the time when at 19 he was pushed on the podium by his orchestra companions to save a tour and was thus consecrated as a conductor achieving world success. The book also tells of the difficulties and bitterness of a troubled historical period like the one between the two wars.

The book was written by Cristina Bersanelli and illustrated by Patrizia Barbieri and will be sold at the Teatro Regio bookshop as well as at the Teatro’s e-store.

“There are men that changed history and one of these men was Arturo Toscanini, who not only changed the figure of the conductor but was also a pioneer of discographies,” said, author Bersanelli.

I miti dell’Opera is a book series written for young children with extraordinary protagonists that are capable of exciting and fascinating the youth, thanks to the storytelling of the authors and to the narrative potential of these beautiful stories. The series has so far seen the releases of “Giuseppe Verdi: Il Cigno di Busseto,” “Maria Callas. La Divina,” “Gaetano Donizetti. Un musicista coi baffi,” and “Giacomo Puccini. Il poeta del lago.”

The next volumes will be dedicated to Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carlo Bergonzi, Luciano Pavarotti, and Renata Tebaldi.