ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

Zubin Mehta refers to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as "... one of my favorite opera companies." His close bond with the ensemble was reflected in his spontaneous reaction following the terrorist attack on the Uffizi galleries in 1993: He organized a free concert for the people of Florence at the Piazza della Signoria.

Since then it has become traditional for Maestro Mehta to give an open air concert with the Maggio Musicale towards the end of June. Some 30.000 listeners gather - both locals and tourists - to enjoy this special event.

Maestro Mehta is the Chief Conductor of the 120-member orchestra since 1985. He is responsible for numerous successful projects, many of which are documented on recordings by EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and more recently, Sony and Philips.

The Orchestra has also received a Grammy award for Video and CD for their participation in the "Three Tenors Concert" ("Concerto Dei Tre Tenori") in which José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti joined forces with Zubin Mehta at the historic Baths of Caracalla in Rome.

The Florence Opera/Maggio Musicale enjoy performing at special venues and under unusual conditions. Its documented success to date in this area makes it an ideal choice for this unique Turandot production at the Forbidden City.

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - the most important music festival in Italy and one of the highest international ranking - takes place during the months of May and June. The Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet belong to the Florence Theatre where they perform all year long Operatic, Symphonic and Dance Seasons.


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