December 6, 2022

Fancy a weekend of music and opera in Florence? @NGF_Firenze

Taking place from 31st August – 3rd September 2017 in Florence, Italy, The New Generation Festival is set to bring the finest, young music talent to a world stage.

Set in the Corsini Gardens in the heart of Florence, The New Generation Festival will be a weekend of opera, orchestral performances and intimate live shows. The New Generation Festival aims to open classical music up to a wider audience, making it more accessible and effectively bridging the gap between musical genres.

One of today’s foremost violinists, Charlie Siem has been appointed as artistic director and will perform throughout the weekend, while rising soprano star, Anush Hovhannisyan will take a lead operatic role alongside young tenor Khanyiso Gwenxane in a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Celebrated designer known for his work in film and fashion, Michael Howells will be in charge of costumes and set design.

Throughout the weekend, audiences will be treated to outstanding Opera and Orchestral works. Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera, L’elisir d’amore will inaugurate the festival on the Opening Gala evening of 31st August, followed by a second performance on 2nd September. Friday 1st September will be a day of orchestral performances, with a bill featuring much-loved classics including The Barber of Seville Overture by Gioachino Rossini, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor Op.26 , performed by Charlie Siem, and a breath-taking performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no.5 in C minor, under the baton of Maximilian Fane and his New Generation Festival Orchestra.

Concealed behind the façade of the Prato di Ognissanti’s famous Palazzo Corsini is one of Florence’s finest gardens. Originally designed in 1591, the scenic gardens were brought to life with water fountains, sumptuous rows of cedars and the celebrated ‘statues of the four seasons’ that stand today on either end of the Santa Trinita bridge. The New Generation Festival offers a unique opportunity to experience Florence like never before, surrounded by exquisite music in one of the finest, private renaissance parks rarely opened to the public.

31st August – 3rd September

Tickets priced from €35 – €195 are available to buy via

Palazzo Corsini

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