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Ernani returns to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino after almost 60 years; on the podium James Conlon, directed by Muscato, protagonists Meli, Siri, Frontali
At the May Autumn Festival the trend of Verdi's 'Spanish' operas continues, after Il Trovatore and before Don Carlo who will conclude the trilogy, to which an international conference is also dedicated

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation Presents

"May Autumn Festival - Dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi"
To the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino goes on stage Ernani, third work on the bill in the context of Autumn Festival dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi: Thursday November 10, 2022 (8 pm) in the Mehta room the first performance, and four other performances are planned on 13, 15, 18 and 20 November. The recitation of the November 10 will be broadcast in direct radio from Rai Radio3.

On the podium he will go up James Conlon, driving the Choir and Orchestra del Maggio; the New York conductor - who returns to Florence a few months after the concert held last February - has an almost 40-year bond with Maggio, where he made his debut in 1985 with Don Carlo. Ernani will be the seventeenth direct Verdi title in the course of his career.

The direction of the new production is entrusted to Leo Muscato, who staged another early opera by Verdi at the Maggio Fiorentino in 2020, Nabucco. Sign the scenes Federica Parolini, the costumes are edited by Silvia Aymonino, the lights from Alessandro Verazzi.

The vocal cast deploys great protagonists, Francesco Meli like Ernani, María José Siri in the role of Elvira, Roberto Frontali in the part of Don Carlo e Vitalij Kowaljow in that of Don Ruy Gómez de Silva. With them, Xenia Tziouvaras like Giovanna, Joseph Dahdah, Don Riccardo, and Davide Piva in the role of Iago. The Maestro of the Choir of the Maggio is Lorenzo Fratini.

Ernani of Giuseppe Verdi, opera in four acts on a libretto by Francis Maria Piave from the homonymous drama by Victor Hugo, debuted on March 9, 1844 to the La Fenice Theater of Venice.

The opera returns to the Florentine stage after an absence of almost sixty years - the last performance dates back to 1965, directed by Bruno Rigacci and directed by Filippo Crivelli - and is the second of the three Spanish-themed works on the bill at the Autumn Festival, after The Troubadour and before Don Carlo, on the bill from December 27th to January 8th '23 at the end of the trilogy.

And just at "Verdi and Spain"Is dedicated on international conference organized for the occasion from May and edited by Giovanni Vitali is Giancarlo Landini: scheduled from 11 to 13 November, will be opened by the superintendent Alexander Pereira, who will be followed - divided into 4 sessions - by the interventions of authoritative scholars and experts, Mattia Palma, Gaia Varon, Paola Ciarlantini, Giancarlo Landini. Pol Avinyò, Silvio Balloni, Giovanni Vitali, Leticia Ruiz Gòmez, Juan Carlos D'Amico, Michaela Valente, Piero Mioli, Felice Todde, Giovanni Bietti. Admission is free as long as seats are available.


(Top image, Francesco Meli, photocredit © Michele Monasta; Maria Josè Siri, photocredit ®Camille Dà)
Ernani returns to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino after almost 60 years; on the podium James Conlon, directed by Muscato, protagonists Meli, Siri, Frontali

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The work

Lyric drama in four parts on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, Ernani made his debut at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice on March 9, 1844. For Verdi it was the first engagement in a theater other than the Scala that allowed him not only to try his hand with a new audience and new needs, but also to meet the young Murano poet Piave, with whom he would have established a long working relationship and friendship. The libretto was taken from the play by Victor Hugo Hernani, considered at the time a cornerstone of French theatrical and literary romanticism. The plot, set in early 16th century Spain, intertwines the two narrative levels of action and sentiment. Ernani, banished at the head of the conspiracy against King Charles and under whose disguise the noble Don Giovanni d'Aragona is hiding, he madly loves Elvira, already betrothed to his uncle Don Ruy de Silva, but also desired by the king. In addition to the love quadrilateral characterized by the eternal conflict between love and honor, duels, riots, disguises and twists follow one another in the opera accompanied by fast-paced music, with continuous changes of gear and with the passionate air of solo and choral melodies which guaranteed the public's favor for the fifth Verdi title right from the very first reruns.


Concert master and conductor
James Conlon

Direction Leo Muscato
Scenes Federica Parolini
Costumes Silvia Aymonino
Lights Alessandro Verazzi

New layout

Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Choir Master
Lorenzo Fratini

Cast Ernani
Francesco Meli
María José Siri
Don Carlo
Roberto Frontali
Don Ruy Gómez de Silva
Vitalij Kowaljow
Xenia Tziouvaras
Don Riccardo
Joseph Dahdah
Davide Piva


Giuseppe Verdi Ernani

opera in four acts
libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
from Hernani by Victor Hugo


10 November 2022 at 8.00 pm 13 November 2022 at 3.30 pm 15 November 2022 at 8.00 pm 18 November 2022 at 8.00 pm 20 November 2022 at 3.30 pm

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