Francesco Meli Headlines Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s ‘Ernani’

By Francisco Salazar

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is set to present a production of Verdi’s “Ernani.”

The new production is part of the Maggio Autumn Festival and will be directed by Leo Muscato.

James Conlon conducts the production which is set to star Francesco Meli in one of his signature roles, Maria Jose Siri in her role debut as Elvira, Roberto Frontali, and Vitalij Kowaljow.

In a statement, Meli noted, “Ernani is a revolutionary, an unconventional man, who upholds his principles and defends his beloved at all costs, who is coherent with himself and his honor. He keeps his promises up until death: a character from whom we can learn a lot. Once again, Verdi gives us a hero full of ideals.”

The production is set to be performed between Nov. 10 and 20, 2022.