Biennial in the first years of its creation, the Florentine musical May started to take place once a year as of 1938. After a wartime pause from 1943 to 1947, the Festival became dedicated to presenting works that were rarely played, in particular those of Rossini, and in 1951 even presented Haydn's Orpheus and Eurydice, with Maria Callas in the role of the beautiful dryad. In 1953, Leonard Bernstein directed a memorable Medea of Cherubini, again with Maria Callas in the title role.
The festival has been held every year in the month of May: today, with growing success, it started in January with the story of Hercules by Jacopo Melani, and the poetic figures of Adriano Guarnieri. Note that it will close this year in July with an operatic adaptation of the famous Shakespearian play Macbeth, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the debut in Florence of conductor Riccardo Muti, who will conduct it.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Via Vittorio Gui, 1
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5 May to 13 July 2018
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