Ailyn Pérez, Leo Nucci, Jessica Pratt, Lise Davidsen, Thomas Hampson Headline Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s 2021-22 SeasonBy David Salazar
The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has announced its 2021-22 season which will include nine operas.
First up will be Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of “Così fan tutte,” which will be conducted by Zubin Mehta. The opera will star Valentina Nafornita, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Matthew Swensen, Mattia Olivieri, Benedetta Torre, and Thomas Hampson.
Performance Dates: August 30– Sept. 4, 2021
Next up will be Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring Nadine Sierra and Francesco Meli. Leo Nucci shares the role of Germont with Plácido Domingo. Zubin Mehta conducts a production by Davide Livermore.
Performance Dates: Sept. 17 – Oct. 2, 2021
Jessica Pratt, Francesco Demuro, Giulio Pelligra, Michele Pertusi, and Vittorio Prato headline the cast of “Linda di Chamounix.” Michele Gamba conducts a production by Cesare Lievi.
Performance Dates: Sept. 21 – Oct. 3, 2021
John Eliot Gardiner conducts Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of “Falstaff,” which will star Nicola Alaimo, Ailyn Pérez, Sara Mingardo, Francesca Aspromonte, Xabier Anduaga, and Simone Piazzola, among others.
Performance Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 5, 2021
Svetlana Aksenova takes on the lead role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” She is joined by Sergei Skorokhodov, Laura Verrecchia, and Alessandro Luongo. Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts a production directed by Chiara Muti.
Performance Dates: Dec. 9-19, 2021
Finishing out 2021 will be Matthias Hartmann’s production of “Fidelio.” Zubin Mehta conducts a cast that includes Lise Davidsen, Elisabet Strid, Peter Seiffert, Tomasz Konieczny, Franz-Josef Selig, Francesca Aspromonte, and Luca Bernard.
Performance Dates: Dec. 23, 2021 – Jan. 7, 2022
Zubin Mehta conducts Josef Ernst Köpplinger’s “Die Fledermaus,” which will star Markus Werba, Valentina Nafornita, Giorgio Berrugi, Regula Mühlemann, and Marina Viotti.
Performance Dates: Jan. 16 – 23, 2022
Cherubini’s “Lo sposo di tre, e marito di nessuna” will be conducted by Diego Fasolis and directed by Cesare Lievi. The cast will star Sara Blanch, Ruzil Gatin, Fabio Capitanucci, Arianna Vendittelli, Mattia Olivieri, Benedetta Torre, and Giulio Mastrototaro.
Performance Dates: Jan. 22-Feb. 6, 2022
The season comes to a close with “L’Amico Fritz” which will star Charles Castronovo, Salome Jicia, and Teresa Iervolino. Riccardo Frizza conducts a production by Rosetta Cucchi.
Performance Dates: March 1 – 12, 2022
Zubin Mehta conducts the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a performance of Mahler’s 10th symphony, Bruckner’s 9th symphony, and Berg’s “Drei Bruchstücke aus Wozzeck,” starring Asmik Grigorian.
Performance Dates: Oct. 28, 2021
Tenor Freddie di Tomasso will perform Puccini’s ‘Messa di Gloria” and will join Elisabet Strid, Marie-Claude Chappuis, and Franz-Josef Selig in a performance of Bruckner’s “Te Deum,” under the baton of Mehta.
Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2021
Mehta will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the soloists including Elisabet Strid, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Giorgio Berrugi, and Franz-Josef Selig. The concert will also include Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.
Performance Dates: Dec. 31 & Jan. 4, 2021