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St. Mark's Anglican Church
St. Mark's Anglican ChurchFounded in 1877 by the English community, St. Mark's Church is a unique and intimate setting, a jewel of different architectural styles. This church provides a very special atmosphere for concerts, allowing the audience to enjoy the performance close to the artists on comfortable seats. The church is part of an old Medici Palace that was owned by Machiavelli, renovated in a neo-renaissance style with beautiful icons. In 2012, a new Open Air Summer Festival is organized at the amphitheater of Villa Strozzi. Enjoy the beautiful music performed by an orchestra and an amazing panoramic view under the stars, just a short distance from the Florence city center.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Maggio Musicale FiorentinoMusic has always played a very important part in the artistic life of Florence. In fact, the very first opera was created here at the end of the 16th century. The temple of Florentine music today is the Teatro Comunale, home to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, one of the oldest and most important music festivals in Europe. Partially destroyed twice, in the bombing of 1944 and in the flood of 1966, the Comunale was quickly rebuilt, symbolizing the city's sense of responsibility and renewal. Other venues include Teatro Verdi and, in the summer, the Boboli Gardens of the Palazzo Pitti. The historic Teatro Comunale will continue to host the major events of this season's 76th edition of the Maggio Musicale Festival, however, a few performances will be taking place in the brand new Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze, a 1,800-seat opera house with smaller concert halls and an outdoor facility for concerts, recitals and special events. Located on the western outskirts of Florence's historic center next to the Cascine Park, this strikingly contemporary theater complex was designed by ABDR, a Roman architectural firm, at the cost of 150 million euros.
Amici della Musica
Amici della MusicaConvinced that a music society worthy of the prestige of the city ought to be created in Florence, founder Alberto Passigli began Amici della Musica ("Friends of Music") in 1919. Though the early 20th century saw both concerts and opera on the schedule of the Amici della Musica, chamber music is now the focus. Today, this concert season is among the most prestigious in the world, representing one of the most lively cultural institutions to be found in Italy. Performances take place in Florence's oldest theatre, Teatro della Pergola. Built in 1656, it was once the private theatre of the grand dukes. Smaller programs take place in the 400-seat Saloncino, a former ballroom with superior acoustics. It is, in fact, often specifically chosen by vocalists for its magnificent sound.
Musica in Maschera Florence
Musica in Maschera FlorenceThanks to an extraordinary restoration effort, Musica in Maschera can now present its best and most enchanting shows at the renowned Teatro Auditorium al Duomo. This convention center is located in the historic Via de' Cerretani, mere steps from the railway and the Duomo cathedral. Enhanced with the most modern equipment and technology, this contemporary location can truly enrich these exuberant performances. Some performances may take place in the Auditorium S. Stefano or the Complesso Monumentale "Il Fuligno", also in Florence.