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March 11, 2024

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre: the season program

The best operas and concerts to mark your calendar in 2024

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino season continues. Here are the next events to mark in your diary.


  • Donizetti's Don Pasquale, conducted by Daniele Gatti, directed by Jonathan Miller, March 15, 17, 19, 23, 24

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti ph. Michele Monasta-Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Concerts include:

  • The second concert conducted by Daniele Gatti is March 16. pages by Haydn, Hindemith and Wagner including Paul Hindemith's Nobilissima visione, the suite from the ballet inspired by Giotto's cycle of frescoes on the life of St. Francis in the basilica of Santa Croce in Florence that had so impressed the composer in 1937, and the Incantesimo del Venerdì Santo from Wagner's Parsifal.

  • Rossini's Stabat Mater scheduled for Good Friday on March 29, conducted by Vitali Alekseenok

86th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino now in its 86th year, opens on April 13, 2024 with a concert conducted by Daniele Gatti and continues with 3 operas.

Daniele Gatti (direttore) © Marco Borggreve

  • April 13 Inauguration in the Great Hall After Anton Bruckner's a cappella piece Ecce Sacerdos magnus conducted in the opening by maestro Lorenzo Fratini, an antiphon for mixed eight-voice choir, three trombones and organ composed in 1885 to celebrate the thousandth anniversary of the diocese of Linz, maestro Gatti conducts Zemlinsky's Psalm 13, then Mahler's Symphony No. 4

  • April 14, at 4 p.m. in the forecourt in front of the Teatro del Maggio, is scheduled the traditional rendezvous with the Musical Bands and Musicians of the Florentine Historical Football

  • April 21 at 8 p.m. in the Sala Grande Turandot, in Zhang Yimou's celebrated staging and conducted by Zubin Mehta. Repeats on April 24, 27 (3:30 p.m.) April 30 and May 3.

Turandot (photo Gianluca Moggi, New Press Photo)

  • May 2, a prestigious world premiere at Teatro della Pergola: Bob Wilson's new signature show on the figure of Fernando Pessoa, one of the most beautiful and beloved pens of 20th-century Portuguese and European poetry.

  • May 14 at 8 p.m., in Sala Mehta Jeanne Dark, a contemporary opera commissioned from Fabio Vacchi, with Alessandro Cadario conducting and Valentino Villa directing. First performance.

  • On May 12, Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, a prestigious guest of the Festival. A program that opens with Mozart's Symphony No. 35 Haffner and closes with Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major known as La grande.

Riccardo Muti

  • May 21 in Mehta Hall is the turn of L'Homme Armé ensemble specializing in the study and interpretation of early music. On the program is music by Isaac and Desprès, with Fabio Lombardo on the podium.

  • May 24 at 8 p.m. in the Sala Grande Tosca, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Massimo Popolizio. Reruns on May 26 (3:30 p.m.) and June 3, 6, 8 at 8 p.m.

  • May 30 and 31 in Mehta Hall, Après-midi d'un faune | Boléro | Le Sacre du Printemps (trilogy of ecstasy) by Compagnia Zappalà Danza .

  • on June 1 at 8 p.m., the Ort - Orchestra della Toscana is on stage at the Mehta Hall conducted by the very young Riccardo Bisatti ; on the program are compositions by Ferruccio Busoni, Gustav Mahler and Tchaikovsky.

  • On June 13, maestro Zubin Mehta concludes the festival with Dvořák's Symphony No. 7.

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