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Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
The May Festival is a point of reference for the greatest names in the musical show, conductors, directors, artists of the highest importance who have alternated for decades on the Florentine stage of what was at the debut the Municipal Theater and now the Theater of May.


On the initiative of Luigi Ridolfi Vay da Verrazzano, at the time federal of the Tuscan capital, of the orchestra director Vittorio Gui and of the honorable Carlo Delcroix who was its first president

Founded - after the birth of the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina in 1928 which soon became one of the most important orchestras in Europe - in 1933 in Florence, it immediately acquired a strong and important international vocation. The Festival quickly established itself as a nerve center for the dissemination of the great European musical culture by indicating, proposing and then also affirming new and unprecedented ways, in the repertoire as well as in contemporary compositions, of a general vision of performing by involving all the arts in an interdisciplinary way. performative.

The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, built to replace the old Municipal Theater, was designed by the architect Paolo Desideri.


From the Historical Archive.

When in 1928, Vittorio Gui founded the Orchestra Stabile Fiorentina, perhaps he could never have imagined that almost a century later, it would be possible to accumulate, year after year, thanks to the subsequent seasons and above all to the foundation of the Festival, so much cultural history that it was fundamental not only for Florence but for the whole world in the field of figurative and musical arts.

The Maggio Archive preserves an incalculable value made up of almost 13 thousand sketches and sketches designed and created by some of the most important artists of the twentieth century such as Guttuso, De Chirico, Sironi, Savinio; these and many others characterize the - almost incredible - heritage of the Theater which is available both to scholars and Theater enthusiasts, and to the simply curious. More than 100 thousand documents from 1928 up to the most recent contemporary times, a thousand posters including 200 produced by internationally renowned artists, around 300 models, maquettes, scale models, and the entire complete series of autographs and room programmes.

The Maggio Archive cannot be considered as a "closed" place, a place where one enters only to study the past, but is a dynamic exhibition and consultation space on two floors which continues to live on a daily basis together with the theatre, continues to receive documents, new materials and new productions; receives donations such as those of the stage costumes offered to the Maggio by Renata Tebaldi or Ebe Stignani and which are exhibited in rotation together with fifty others of historical interest.

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