Home to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and choir, Teatro del Maggio is an elegant and futuristic structure ideated by the architect Paolo Desideri (ABDR studio). Designed to have excellent acoustics, it can hold up to 1,800 seats that are distributed among the stalls, boxes and gallery. In 2014, he received the National Award for the best architectural work created in Italy.
The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino owes its name to the highly esteemed Maggio Musicale Festival. It’s the oldest in Italy, and among the oldest in Europe along with Salzburg and Bayreuth.
Founded in Florence in 1933, it immediately acquired a strong and important international vocation, becoming a point of reference for the greatest names in musical entertainment, as well as high caliber conductors, directors and artists who have graced the Florentine stage for decades. What was once the glorious Teatro Comunale is now the current Teatro del Maggio, inaugurated in 2014.
Zubin Mehta - Honorary Director
Since 2006, the world-renowned maestro Zubin Mehta
has held the title of Honorary Conductor for Life, and that of Chief Conductor since 1985
. The relationship between Florence and the Teatro del Maggio has long been more than merely a great relationship between a festival and an artist; Zubin Mehta has gifted the city his excellence, his tireless passion for music
, and his presence, establishing a deeply special relationship with our music scene which began with La Traviata at the Teatro Comunale in 1964, his first opera in Europe.
Concerts and shows at the Teatro del Maggio are a must for all opera and classical music lovers, but also for all those hungry for culture, whether it’s young people seeking a different kind of evening out, or those on the lookout for a timeless gift. Its operatic, symphonic and concert seasons take place throughout the year, offering a vast calendar featuring many international artists.