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April 4, 2022

Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 84

From April 12 to July 16, 2022 the new edition of the Florentine opera festival. All the programming

Six operas, 10 symphonic appointments and also a title for children, Ayda: the 84th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival presents the program of its new edition which will be held from April 12 to July 16, 2022.

It begins on April 12 with Orphee et Eurydice by Gluck in a new production conducted by Daniele Gatti, with 5 performances in the Auditorium. 

Maestro Zubin Mehta, director emeritus for life of the Maggio, will have to undergo orthopaedic surgery on his right shoulder in Los Angeles, which can no longer be postponed. Maestro Mehta's engagements at the Maggio Festival will therefore be subject to changes and he will unfortunately not be able to conduct Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro della Pergola. 

Zubin Mehta

In place of Mehta, who conducted the two previous editions, one of Mozart's most eminent conductors, Maestro Marc Minkowski, has been called in and made available. The first performance has been brought forward to 7 May, with repeat performances on 14, 15 and 19 May.

Mark Minkowski © Georges Gobet

On May 22 for five performances a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's I due Foscari. Conductor Carlo Rizzi and direction by Grischa Asagaroff with Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and the amazing voice of Jonathan Tetelman as Jacopo.

Placido Domingo (foto ansa)

From June 7 to 18 on the stage of the Teatro della Pergola for 5 performances, Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss under the direction of Daniele Gatti and directed by Matthias Hartmann. Ariadne will be Krassimira Stoyanova, Zerbinetta will be Jessica Pratt and for himself Superintendent Pereira has reserved the role of the Haushofmeister which he has supported as a cameo in many productions of the seasons he has designed. 

Jessica Pratt

Back to the Zubin Mehta Hall on 4 July for four performances of Lully's Acis et Galatée, conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli and directed by Benjamin Lazar.

Federico Maria Sardelli © Michele Monasta-Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The choir and orchestra will be engaged in three months of programming with Zubin Mehta and Daniele Gatti, musical director of the Maggio.

The symphonic part of the festival will take place entirely in the Sala Zubin Mehta (except for the date of 13 July, which will be held in the Cavea of the Teatro del Maggio, in the open air). The opening concert is held on 26 April in the name of Stravinsky, whose 50th anniversary of death falls this year. Then comes Vladimir Spivakov, who will conduct the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia on 28 April.

With the exception of his opera engagements, Maestro Mehta will keep all the scheduled symphonic appointments with the only change being the change of date for the first concert. Mehta was to conduct it on 30 April, but it will probably be moved to June on a date that we are trying to identify and which will be announced as soon as possible. The programme includes Gustav Mahler's Titan Symphony No. 1 and Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30. The concert on 26th May with the last three Mozart symphonies, 39 in E flat major K543, 40 in G minor K550 and 41 in C major K550, remains confirmed. K543, 40 in G minor K550 and 41 in C major K551 Jupiter and all the concerts following the Maggio remain confirmed.

Daniele Gatti on June 17th, conducts Berlioz, Fauré, Ravel. Myung-Whun Chung who takes the stage on June 22nd will conduct Debussy, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Daniele Gatti returns on June 30 to conduct Pizzetti and Stravinsky's Oedipus rex. Manfred Honeck on July 7 conducts Beethoven and, with Andrea Lucchesini at the piano, the suite from Strauss' Electra. The last two concerts are conducted by Maestro Mehta: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on 13th July in the Cavea and Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on 14th July.


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