A biennial event when first founded, the May Music Festival became an annual fixture in 1938 (except for the years 1943 to 1947 when it was cancelled). The festival champions rarely performed works, especially those of Rossini. In 1951, it presented the world premiere of Haydn's Orpheus and Eurydice with Maria Callas in the role of the beautiful dryad. In 1953, Leonard Bernstein conducted a memorable Medea by Cherubini, with Callas again in the title role.
The festival was previously held every year only in May, but it has become so successful that it now runs from April to early July. It closes this year at the Florence Opera with a performance of various Russian works performed by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of the great Yuri Temirkanov.
May Music Festival
Via Vittorio Gui, 1
(and other venues throughout the city)
From 18 April to 4 July 2016
From 10 EUR