The 85th edition of the Maggio Musicale Festival, one of the oldest in Europe, has just begun.
On the stage of the Maggio Musicale Theater in the Cascine Park there will be many international performers and conductors such as Daniele Gatti, Zubin Mehta and, as always, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Three operas will be on the program: Mozart's Don Giovanni (April 30-May 12) and Verdi's Otello (May 20-31) conducted by Mehta, as well as Falstaff (June 16-23) conducted by Gatti, who will also conduct "Viva Verdi" (May 10), a series of famous arias from Verdi's masterpieces. The concerts' calendar is particularly rich: the complete cycle of Tchaikovsky's six symphonies, conducted by Gatti, stands out (June 22-July 1); Mehta will conduct Mahler's "Resurrection" symphony (April 29) and Beethoven's 3rd concerto, with Lucchesini at the piano (May 25). Beethovenian program (Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 "Eroica") also for Myung Whun Chung, May 5; Šostakovič and Dvořák (Symphony "From the New World") scheduled May 19, conducted by Diego Ceretta. Another masterpiece, Musorgkij's Pictures at an Exhibition, will be performed by the Italian Youth Orchestra on June 10, while the grand finale is scheduled for July 13, with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, conducted by Paolo Carignani.
Find out all the details on the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's official website.