Maggio Fiorentino Festival – LXXXII May musical


Florence – 2 May will be a day of celebration for the whole city of Florence, with hundreds of artists involved in launching the LXXXII Festival del Maggio Musicale and eight scheduled events. As with the 2018 edition, the ribbon cutting of the event (which will continue until the end of June with over 120 events on the calendar) will be spread over the entire day of Thursday, which marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci. “Power and Virtue”, this is the title chosen for the LXXXII edition of the festival, which will often leave the borders of the theater to expand to the city of Florence, the metropolitan area and Tuscany with concerts in Pisa, Livorno and Lucca. The artist Luca Pignatelli has been asked to graphically interpret this year’s theme. Thanks to his collaboration with the Museo Novecento, he has created the manifesto of the exhibition, trying to synthesize its meaning using the artist’s instruments.

The work that opens the LXXXII Maggio Musicale is Lear, a work from the 1970s by the German composer Aribert Reimann, which will be staged on May 2 at 8 p.m. (repeated 5 at 3:30 p.m. and May 9 at 8 p.m.) in the setting of the Opéra National de Paris, with maestro Fabio Luisi on the podium and directed by the famous Calixto Bieito. (Among the performers: Bo Skhovus, Frode Olsen, Michael Colvin and Erika Sunnegårdh). The opening day begins at 11 a.m. with a meeting with the writer Claudio Magris in the main hall of the University of Florence (free admission) and continues with a concert by the Brasses of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at 12 noon at the Loggia dei Lanzi. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (who died in Amboise on 2 May 1519), Maggio also presents a new commission from the Theatre entitled Leonardesca. Aphorisms for children’s voices and piano on texts by Leonardo da Vinci by Luca Logi, which will feature the Chorus of White Voices of May directed by Lorenzo Fratini who will perform at the Zeffirelli Foundation (at 15 and 16:30, free admission). Another commission of the Maggio in its first performance, again in homage to the genius Da Vinci, is the concert with hundreds of brasses and percussion entitled Leonardo Machine by Giorgio Battistelli that will take place in Piazza Vittorio Gui (at 5 pm and 6 pm). The foyer of the gallery will also host the photographic exhibition Luoghi e volti shakespeariani in Toscana (Shakespeare’s places and faces in Tuscany), created in collaboration with the Museo Novecento and the daily newspaper La Nazione, an ideal prelude to Lear’s premiere, a work inspired by the tragedy of the Bard that will follow.

The Mayor of Florence will welcome the guests with Superintendent Chiarot. They are expected to be Professor Luciano Alberti, the Vice President of the Region of Tuscany Monica Barni, Senator Caterina Biti, the MEP and regional secretary of Pd Simona Bonafè, the architect Mario Botta, the superintendent of the museum Stefano Casciu, the President of the Court of Appeal Margherita Cassano, the Consul General of the United States Benjamin V. Wohlauer, the Chinese Consul General Wang Wengang, the economist and politician Paolo Costa, Senator Rosa Maria Di Giorgi, the President of the Court of Auditors Amedeo Federici, the Deputy Mayor of Florence Cristina Giachi, the President of the Regional Council Eugenio Giani, the Prefect Laura Lega, the president of the Florence Chamber of Commerce Leonardo Bassilichi, the president of Publiacqua Lorenzo Perra, the president of Toscana Energia Federico Lovadina, professor Claudio Magris, Mario Luca Giusti, Mafalda di Savoia Aosta, Sandro Mencucci president of Fiorentina, the Florence Questore Armando Nanei, Donna Mariella Pallavicino, the superintendent of archaeological heritage, fine arts and landscape Andrea Pessina, Luca Pignatelli, Cesare Prandelli, the artistic director of the Museo Novecento Sergio Risaliti, the president of the Florence court Marilena Rizzo, Paolo Sacconi, the president of Confindustria Firenze Luigi Salvadori, the director of the Uffizi Galleries Eike Smidth, the president of GE Michele Stangarone, the president of Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Umberto Tombari. Among the guests were many participants in the State of the Union conference, including Cecilia Malmström of the European Commission, Ana Paula Zacarias, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament, and Marietje Schaake, member of the European Parliament. Representing the world of music together with Lear composer Aribert Reimann, there will be the president of Agis Carlo Fontana, Fortunato Ortombina superintendent of the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Maurizio Roi superintendent of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, William Graziosi, superintendent of the Teatro Regio in Turin, Anna Meo general director of the Teatro Regio in Parma, Stefano Passigli president of the Associazione Amici della Musica Firenze, and Maurizio Frittelli, Marco Parri, Giorgio Battistelli and Paolo Frassinelli respectively president, general manager, artistic director and director of the musical services of Ort, Paolo Majorano and Paolo Zampini respectively president and director of the Conservatory Luigi Cherubini, the president of the Academy Bartolomeo Cristofori Stefano Merlini, Alberto Paloscia artistic director of the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno as well as members of the board of directors of the Foundation of May Mauro Campus, Enzo Cheli, Vittoria Franco and Micaela Le Divelec.



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