Florence is a cultural hub rich in traditions of art, artistry, fashion, gastronomy, and music.
Florence is actually the birthplace of Opera, with the first opera to be performed being Jacopo Peri’s ‘Dafne’, performed in Florence in about 1597. This work has subsequently been lost, but the great musical tradition started in Florence, Italy, continues.
The Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum house a mighty good share of the world’s greatest art by the best artists in history. To this day, budding artists flock to Florence to turn their hand at artforms that have been near-on perfected right here in Florence’s city centre.
Some of the world’s biggest names in fashion are also here amongst Florence’s cobbled streets, interspersed amongst artisans hand-forging works of crafts including the fine jewellery, leatherworks and paper that Florence is famous for.
And it’s hard to argue (especially with your mouth full!) that Florence and Tuscany generally have not produced some of the world’s best recipes, and wines to match.
It is thus certainly fitting that Florence now has a new means of showcasing its great talent and passion for music.
Just near the great Cascine park, on the outskirts of Florence’s city centre the sleek new Opera House perches.
Paolo Desideri of Abdr Architetti Associati designed the Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze
building, whose final touches will be completed by late next year – hopefully in time for the official opening in November 2012.
5,000 people will be able to be entertained at any one time by performances being held on one of the three stages.
In Florence’s historical city centre, locals consider buildings which date back several hundred years to be ‘new’. Thus the really new Opera House in Florence is a really exciting place to visit in Florence.
The Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze has announced a marvellous sneak preview calendar of events starting this week and culminating in a spectacular spectacular on New Year’s Eve.
The calendar of events for the new Florence Opera House 2011 preview features:
21st December, 2011 at 8.30pm: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven and Sylvano Bussotti, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
22nd December, 2011 at 9.30pm: Jazz music selection performed by The Stefano Bollani Trio.
23rd December, 2011 at 8.00pm: Orchestra Mozart and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Chorus performing Brahms and Mahler, conducted by Claudio Abbado.
27th December, 2011 at 8.30pm: Pianist András Schiff performing Bach, together with the Amici della Musica of Florence.
28th December, 2011 at 8.30pm: Pianist Radu Lupu and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Chorus performing Matteo D’Amico, Beethoven and Brahms, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
29th December, 2011 at 8.30pm: MaggioDanza performs a various ballet selections, directed by Franceso Ventrigia and guest starring Alessandro Riga.
31st December, 2011 at 9.00pm: New Year’s Eve Concert conducted by Zubin Mehta, featuring violinist Leonidas Kavakos, tenor Fabio Sartori, soprano Patrizia Ciofi and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Chorus performing works by Verdi, Beethoven, Puccini, Ravel and Rimskij-Korsakov.
There will also be several opportunities for visitors to explore the Florence’s new Opera House.
Tickets and further information available at www.maggiofiorentino.com.
In the Uffizi Gallery, you can see some of the most precious artworks in the world, as painted by some of the greatest artists in history. The Uffizi Gallery houses what is arguably one of the finest collections of Renaissance art. Michelangelo’s David is breathtaking and well-worth visiting too!
You can experience the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor with a wonderful tour guide on our skip-the-line guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery with our expert guide, followed by an exclusive-entry guided tour of the Vasari Corridor.
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To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.
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