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“Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini – In a concert form

Extraordinary performance for the 85th birthday of maestro Zubin Mehta.
Among the interpreters in the main roles Saioa Hernández, Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi.

Thanks to the collaboration with Nasus Pharma, Taffix, a powdered nasal spray with a barrier effect for airborne viruses, will be distributed to the audience in the room.

Florence 15 May 2021 – An extraordinary performance by Tosca, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, in the form of a concert on Wednesday 19 May at 7 pm, to celebrate the 85th birthday of Maestro Zubin Mehta, honorary director for life of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino . With him on stage, in his Florentine debut, Saioa Hernández Tosca, Francesco Meli Cavaradossi, Luca Salsi Scarpia, Francesco Milanese Angelotti, Alfonso Antoniozzi il sagrestano, Francesco Pittari Spoletta, Giulio Mastrototaro Sciarrone, Adolfo Corrado un carceriere. Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Chorus director, Lorenzo Fratini.

In Zubin Mehta’s long and bright career, after a symphonic and concert start that saw him directing the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Philhamoniker, and the Israel Philharminic, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini since 1961, this is precisely the first title with which in Maestro Mehta marks his absolute operatic debut in 1963 in Montreal. Since then he has faced it countless times on stages around the world and recorded in many record editions. At the Maggio Fiorentino he conducted it for the first time in 1965, returning to offer it in 1986, 1991, 2005, 2010 and 2011 (on tour), collecting a total of 29 performances so far. In Maggio, since his debut – very young – on Sunday 11 February 1962 at the Teatro Comunale, with a symphonic concert that achieved full and warm success, Maestro Mehta has established a privileged, affectionate and fully reciprocated bond with Florence, with the public and with the theater, a strong bond that culminated in 1985 with the appointment as music director and in 2017 as honorary director for life and which still sees him in full swing. This means that in about sixty years, if on the one hand it is not possible to draw up an assessment of his Florentine activity, it is however possible to underline some indisputable points of a very long and fruitful path highlighted by the constant artistic improvement of the Orchestra and the Choir, in the he made a great effort to expand his repertoire, which is very vast today, and to internationalize his symphonic and lyrical engagements in a long series of tours. In almost the whole world and in almost every European country, Mehta and the Maggio have brought Florence everywhere. And if with regard to Florence it is important to reiterate that it is practically impossible to try to follow almost sixty years of the Maestro’s activity in the city with hundreds and hundreds of concerts and dozens and dozens of works directed by him, some of which entered by law in the category of executions. of reference for both the symphonic and the lyrical repertoire, it is however significant to underline that to keep the relationship between Mehta and the musicians of the Maggio towards Florence firm was his constant participatory presence in particular moments of the life of the Theater and of the City (which the ‘has nominated an honorary citizen): from Mehta’s prompt rush, together with his friend Barenboim, to a Florence devastated by the flood, for a concert at the Salone dei Cinquecento in February 1967: a tangible sign of a non-fashion solidarity, the first of a long series. We also recall at least the commitment that Mehta has lavished for the realization of the great concerts in Piazza della Signoria, offered by the Orchestra and the Choir of the Maggio and directed by him several times, to the city of Florence; the inauguration concert of Florence European Capital of Culture in 1986 (with Verdi’s Requiem Mass) and the moving concert in memory of the victims of the massacre of 27 June 1993 in via dei Georgofili, both still in Piazza Signoria. And again his continuous commitment in defense of the values ​​of Maggio and Florentine culture, his generosity in contributing to charitable initiatives and, last but not least, having chosen the surroundings of Florence for his second home after that of Los Angeles. Therefore, if the Florentines see Mehta as one of them, the Maestro has also repeatedly declared that he feels Florentine and the applause that welcomes him every time when he steps on the podium, a sort of affectionate embrace, testifies to the very close bond that unites the great Master to his city.

For this thirtieth time on the podium of the Maggio for a Tosca, with Maestro Mehta on stage there will be Saioa Hernández Tosca, Francesco Meli Cavaradossi, Luca Salsi Scarpia, Francesco Milanese Angelotti, Alfonso Antoniozzi il sagrestano, Francesco Pittari Spoletta, Giulio Mastrototaro Sciarrone, Adolfo Corrado un carceriere. Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Chorus director, Lorenzo Fratini.

Thanks to the collaboration with Nasus Pharma, Taffix will be distributed free of charge to the audience in the room, a powdered nasal spray with a barrier effect for airborne viruses that ensures, always associated with the use of the mask, greater protection of the nasal cavities for 5 hours after administration. This initiative, extended not only to the public but also to employees, is associated with all the actions arranged since May in terms of safety to which the Theater has complied and strictly adheres to. In fact, among the various aids put into practice, there are already more than 14 thousand lancing device serological tests to which employees and artists undergo constant frequency since last August 2020.