On April 26th, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale will inaugurate its 83rd Festival, one of the oldest in Europe.
Since its origins (1933), this festival traditionally opens between the end of April and the beginning of May, offering very high quality performances. This year, the calendar is particularly rich: many appointments - including operas, concerts and recitals - mostly in the new Opera Theatre, at the Parco delle Cascine.
Many international music directors will be on stage. The inaugural concert, conducted by Daniele Gatti, is a tribute to Stravinsky on the 50th anniversary of his death. On April 27th, it will be the premiere of "Adriana Lecouvreur" – opera conceived in 1902 by Francesco Cilea, set in 18th century France - conducted by Daniel Harding, who will also conduct the Messa in Requiem by Mozart (in memory of the Covid victims) on April 29th. Myung-Whun Chung will be the protagonist of a series of concerts dedicated to Gustav Mahler from May 5th, while on May 10th, the legendary Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Riccardo Muti will perform a concert with music by Schumann, Brahms and Mendelssohn. Brahms repertoire will inspire the concerts by Zubin Mehta from June 8th, with the extraordinary participation of Daniel Barenboim at the piano (on July 6th). Lang Lang will perform a Bach piano recital on July 11th, while, on July 21st, the final concert will be conducted by Riccardo Muti.
It is still to define, according to the current epidemiological situation, how the audience will attend the shows. We wish that theatres would reopen as soon as possible. Many events will probably take place in the open air Auditorium of the theatre.
Find the complete programme of the Festival, constantly updated, on the official website.