Maggio Musicale Fiorentino News
Zubin Mehta first joined Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1961 as a guest conductor, became its music director in 1985, and held this role until 2017. He has served as the company’s director emeritus for life since 2006. News of the donation was announced at the company’s new auditorium, which was named “Zubin Mehta.” According […] The post appeared first on The World's Leading Classical Music News Source. Est 2009..
Teatro Niccolini, via Ricasoli 3, Firenze Teacher: György Györiványi Ráth Orchestra: Professors of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Cupiditas A huge amount of quality podium time with one of the finest orchestras in Italy, in the prestigious venues in Florence, with a wide repertoire that includes the most important symphonic works by Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Verdi and […]
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to the opera 'Risurrezione' by Franco Alfano. 'Francesco Lanzillotta conducts the orchestra of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino skilfully.'
Admired by Berlioz and Wagner, the operas of Gaspare Spontini were hugely influential in their day yet are still a rarity on the modern operatic stage
[…] to perform it, Spontini wanted to revise it again (they seem to have ignored him and performed their traditional 1817 version). It is in the 1817 revised version that the work has become known, but it is the original which has the most dramatic cogency. Shorn of his 1809 quasi Napoleonic role, the figure of Fernand Cortez becomes something of a cypher in the 1817 opera. We can now see this for ourselves as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino performed the work in 2019 in the 1809 version (based on a new critical edition) and conducted by Jean-Luc TIngaud this is now on DVD [Amazon], with a largely Italian-speaking cast singing in French. The opera is not unproblematic for 21st-century audiences, the depiction of the Aztecs as bloodthirsty savages who need civilising is a tricky one, and you suspect the opera will always remain on the fringes, however its importance in […]