2008 News Archive - Holidays - Italy kicks off historic music festival

24 04 2007

Today saw the advent of one of Europe's oldest musical festivals, the Maggio Musicale, in Italy's cultural capital Florence.

Founded in 1933, the festival features two solid months of exhibitions, ballet, opera and breathtaking concerts.

This year's event, the 70th time the festival has been put on, is forecast to be the best yet.

Included in this year's line-up is the renowned 16th-century opera Marco a Gagliano's La Dafne, which will be conducted by Gabriel Garrido and directed by David Livermore.

Furthermore, Ivan Fedele's Antigone will also be featured, conducted by the famous Michel Tabachink.

And Gluck's Orfeo e Euridice starring Daniela Barcellona as Orfeo and conducted by Riccardo Muti is another treat waiting for opera-lovers.

Meanwhile, director Zubin Mehta is to conduct the first half of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

There will also be ballet and the famous Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is to be present as well.

Florence, regarded as perhaps the most beautiful city in Italy, is the perfect location for this festival.

During summer the city has long, sunny days and balmy nights.

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