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With 80 editions, it is one of the oldest music festivals in Europe, together with that of Salzburg, and the pride of Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze's programming. 

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has just opened its season in the new theatre in the Cascine Park.

From its origins in 1933, this event, traditionally held between late April and early June, drawing thousands of spectators annually from Italy and abroad, has
always been known for the very high quality of its programming.

The Festival was inaugurated recently by Zubin Mehta on the podium, the memorable conductor who has reached the end of his twenty-year collaboration with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale. After conducting the concert on April 24, the Maestro conducted at the Teatro dell'Opera on May 10 (music by Bruckner and Dvořák, with Pablo Ferrandez on cello) and May 13 (Vivaldi, Dorman, Bruckner, with Avi Avital on the mandolin).

On May 15, the speaking voice of Sandro Lombardi, accompanied by the Maggio Musicale chamber musicians, gave us a closer glimpse of the personality of Maurice Ravel, while the May 18 concert, directed by Karl-Heinz Steffens, features music by Rihm and Brahms' monumental Deutsches Requiem.
There is an all-Romantic program, with music by Berlioz (Symphonie fantastique) and Brahms, on May 21, directed by Thierry Fischer; a contemporary program will be performed on May 25, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, with Stefano Bollani on the piano playing his own compositions.
The concert by the Ensemble Inter contemporain on May 26, is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, one year after the death of the great composer and conductor. The grand finale (an extra event) features, on June 26, a concert by the legendary Berliner Philarmoniker conducted by Gustave Dudamel, in a program that includes the Rhenish Symphony by Schumann and famous pieces from Wagner's tetralogy, including the stunning Ride of the Valkyrie.

As for opera, from April 26 to May 6, the Maggio Musicale has been away, but a few kilometers from Florence, in Pistoia, the European Capital of Culture 2017, there is Idomeneo, the first opera seria by Mozart (production designed by Theater an der Wien, tenor Michael Schade). Zubin Mehta, again with the Opera di Firenze, conducts, from May 5 to 14, the most monumental and complex work by Giuseppe Verdi, Don Carlo (directed by Giancarlo Del Monaco).
L' Histoire du Soldat, a masterpiece by Stravinsky (a combination of music, dance and spoken voice) will be performed at Teatro Goldoni in Florence from May 24 to 29, conducted by Alpesh Chauan, directed by Alessandro Talevi.
Another extra event is the concert on July 5, in Piazza del Duomo in Pistoia, when the baton of Fabio Luisi, new conductor of the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, will lead Symphony no. 2 by Mahler, Resurrection.

For information about the full program and tickets (also online) visit the website.





Published: 14/5/2017

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