One of the world’s great cultural festivals kicks off next week in Florence, Italy: the 75th Festival del Maggio Musicale. Since 1933, this annual festival has brought together many of Europe’s finest musicians, dancers and conductors for weeks — yes weeks — of shows and concerts. Many of the shows take place in the Teatro Comunale, also known as the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and pictured above, and the Teatro Goldoni. This year is especially appealing to us because its theme is travel, specifically, The Journey, From Middle Europe to South America, in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, the great navigator who explored South America over five centuries ago. He was from Florence, and this is the 500th anniversary of his death.
Highlights include Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Zubin Mehta, an Honorary Life Conductor of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. A contemporary opera, commissioned by the festival, will be staged: La Metamorfosi, based upon Franz Kafka, composed by the young italian componist Silvia Colasanti.
This doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. For details, see the official website. We love to highlight events like this for our community, to remind them what awaits them when they travel to Italy and also to consider planning a trip around a specific event such as the 75th Festival del Maggio Musicale.