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Così fan tutte © Michele Monasta-Teatro del Maggio (14)

Text Teresa Favi

July 2, 2021

Maggio Musicale: the programme for the 2021-2022 season

From 30 August 2021 to 9 April 2022, the calendar of operas and concerts. With the inauguration of the new Auditorium on 22 December

9 operas
2 operas for children
13 symphonic concerts
the inauguration of the Auditorium

The Maggio Musicale does not stop and announces its new principal conductor - who will be Daniele Gatti -, the calendar of the new 2021-2022 season and already, the titles of the next 84th Maggio Musicale Festival due in 2022.

Here you have the entire programme of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino from 30 August 2021 to 9 April 2022


OPERAS


On 28 August, with performances on 30 and 1, 3 September, the season opens with Mozart's Così fan tutte, conducted by Ádám Fischer and directed by Sven-Erich Bechtolf, and featuring a large cast of voices including Valentina Naforniţă.


Zubin Mehta will conduct Verdi's La traviata on September 17, with repeat performances on September 22, 24, 28 and October 2 and 5. It will be directed by Davide Livermore. In the role of Violetta the soprano Nadine Sierra, at her debut both as Violetta and at the Maggio, acclaimed by now all over the world.

With her a trio of great artists: in the role of Alfredo, Francesco Meli and in the role of Germont will alternate Leo Nucci and Placido Domingo. 
On the 21st September and the replicas on the 23rd, 30th and 3rd October it is on the stage Linda di Chamounix, by Donizetti. On the podium Michele Gamba, the direction is signed by Cesare Lievi and on stage a great cast with the voices of two stars of bel canto as Jessica Pratt (Linda).


On 19 November, with repeat performances on 21, 23, 30 November and 3 and 5 December, the Maggio will stage the long-awaited, brand new production of Verdi's Falstaff, directed by Sven-Erich Bechtolf (with his experienced staff: Julian Crouch for the sets and Kevin Pollard for the costumes, Alex Brok for the lights and Josh Higgason for the videos) and conducted by one of the greatest conductors of our time, Maestro John Eliot Gardiner.


In December, with the premiere on the 9th and replicas on the 12th, 14th, 17th and 19th, Puccini's Madama Butterfly will be staged in a new production by Chiara Muti and conducted by Francesco Ivan Ciampa.


The new Auditorium del Maggio hosts on December 23rd with replicas on 28th, 30th and 2nd, 5th, 7th January 2022, the new staging of Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven, on the podium the maestro Zubin Mehta. Matthias Hartmann will direct.


On 16th January with replicas on 18th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss jr. Conducted by Zubin Mehta. The direction and lights are by Josef E. Köpplinger, the sets by Rainer Sinell and the costumes by Alfred Mayerhofer. 


The Auditorium will host Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna, by Luigi Cherubini, on January 22, with repeat performances on January 24, February 4, 6 and 8. An opera of rare execution, never before performed in Florence, in the new production of the Teatro del Maggio with Diego Fasolis on the podium, directed by Cesare Lievi.


On March 1 with replicas on 3, 6, 9 and 12 closes the season before the 84th edition of the Maggio Musicale Festival L'amico Fritz by Mascagni, staged in the Auditorium with the direction of Rosetta Cucchi and Riccardo Frizza on the podium.


SYMPHONY CONCERTS
On 10 September, Zubin Mehta resumes the "Beethoven Cycle" with Symphonies No. 3 in E flat major, Eroica and No. 5 in C minor op. 67. ATTENTION: this concert has been moved to 15 October.

On 12 September, Daniele Gatti conducts the Orchestra Mozart in a programme of music by 
by Igor Stravinsky (Apollon Musagète, ballet in two scenes) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
(Symphony in C major K. 551, Jupiter). 

For the 700th anniversary of Dante's death, on Monday 13th September Riccardo Muti, conducts the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini and the Coro del Maggio and the Orchestra and Choir Artists of the Arena di Verona in a concert with music by Tigran Mansurian (Purgatorio - Commission of the Ravenna Festival), Franz Liszt (Dante-Symphonie S 109), and Giuseppe Verdi's Laudi alla Vergine Maria. 


The "Beethoven Cycle" continues on 25th September with the concert conducted by Zubin Mehta who will perform Symphony no. 1 in C major op. 21, Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 36 and Symphony no. 4 in B flat major op. 60; and continues on 29th September with Symphony no. 6 in F major op. 68 Pastorale and Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92.


On 1 October, Christoph von Dohnányi, shortly after celebrating his 92nd birthday (he was born on 8 September 1929), takes the podium of the Orchestra del Maggio. The programme includes music by Charles Ives (The Unanswered Question), György Ligeti's Double Concerto for flute, oboe and orchestra (Henrik Wiese, flute; Tobias Vogelmann, oboe) and, finally, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, Pathetique. 

On 28 October Zubin Mehta conducts Alban Berg's Drei Bruchstücke aus Wozzeck with soprano Asmik Grigorian and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 in D minor and the Adagio from Gustav Mahler's 10th Symphony. 

December 11 will be the evening dedicated to the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of St. Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev.

On 22 December the inauguration of the new Auditorium is scheduled with the life director of the Maggio, Maestro Zubin Mehta. The programme includes the world premiere of Luca Francesconi's composition Divina Commedia; then Puccini's Messa di gloria for soloists, choir and orchestra and Bruckner's Te Deum in C major.


For the end of the year on 31 December 2021, Zubin Mehta will conduct Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93 and Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 for soloists, choir and orchestra.


On 4 January 2022 the "Beethoven Cycle" closes its programme with the performance of Beethoven's last two symphonies on New Year's Eve; the vocal cast remains the same. 

On 10 January, the Teatro del Maggio will host the Monte Carlo Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit with an exceptional soloist: Martha Argerich at the piano.

On 22 January, Zubin Mehta will conduct a symphonic choral concert in a programme still to be defined. 

On 26 February in the Auditorium, James Conlon will conduct the Orchestra del Maggio in a programme yet to be defined. 

Daniele Gatti returns to the Auditorium on 11 March to conduct Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G major for piano and orchestra with Hélène Grimaud at the piano. 

On 9 April, before the start of the Festival, there will be a final concert conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, the great conductor for the first time in the Maggio; the programme, which is still to be defined, will be announced at a later date and will be performed in the Auditorium.

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