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MUSIC, OPERA & THEATRE FESTIVAL
IN FLORENCE, ITALY








le nozze di figaro

W. A. Mozart

from blues to bebop: the spirit of harlem

co-produced with the Catskill Jazz Factory

when

28TH AUGUST -
31ST AUGUST 2019

where

THE GARDENS OF THE PALAZZO CORSINI AL PRATO, FLORENCE

dress

BLACK TIE / LONG DRESSES


Welcome

Wouldn’t it be magical to spend a night at the opera in 1780s Vienna? Or at the greatest club in Harlem during the roaring ‘20s? Or simply just to have the best night out in the most beautiful city on earth? It would, and you can have it all and more at The New Generation Festival.

Four enchanting dates in Florence to rival the magnificent carnivals of the Renaissance. With all-new acoustics, an exquisite dining experience prepared by new generation chefs, and a firmament of rising stars from across the globe, the 2019 New Generation Festival marks the dawn of a whole new golden age. Don’t miss the chance to say that you were there.




The Vision

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An international event in the private Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini - a renaissance masterpiece belonging to one of the oldest families in Florence.

A platform for The Stars of Tomorrow giving young music talents from every corner of the world the chance to shine in a stunning Italian setting; presenting the highest standard of opera, music and theatre in an annual festival.

A programme of opera, theatre and music played live and streamed.

An annual event that breaks down barriers between generations and brings together all genres of music in one place; from opera to jazz and pop. Our motto: GREAT MUSIC IS GREAT MUSIC.

A festival by new generation artists to inspire new generation audiences.




The Programme

28th August - 31st August 2019


Wednesday 28th August - OPENING NIGHT

Le nozze di Figaro

music by W. A. Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Conducted by Jonathan Santagada
Directed by Victoria Stevens

Start 19:30 | Interval: 60 minutes for dining in the gardens

Thursday 29th August - THE FILIPPO CORSINI ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 by L.van Beethoven
Soloist: Giuseppe Guarrera

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 by R.Schumann

Conducted by Maximilian Fane

Start 19:30 | Interval: 60 minutes for dining in the gardens

Friday 30th August - FROM BLUES TO BEBOP: THE SPIRIT OF HARLEM

Bringing 8 of the world`s best young jazz performers to celebrate the legacy of Harlem`s contribution to popular music

featuring: Dominick Farinacci, Shenel Johns, Patrick Bartley, Jr., Christian Tamburr, Michela Marino Lerman, Mathis Picard, Kyle Poole and Russell Hall

with

The New Generation Festival orchestra playing a specially composed symphonic tribute by Steven Feifke, conducted by Maximilian Fane

Co-produced with the Catskill Jazz Factory

Start 19:30 | No interval

Saturday 31st August - FESTIVAL FINALE

Le nozze di Figaro

music by W. A. Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Conducted by Jonathan Santagada
Directed by Victoria Stevens

Start 19:30 | Interval: 60 minutes for dining in the gardens

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At The Festival

PERFORMANCES
All performances begin 19:30.

BELLS
Bells will be rung ten and five minutes before the start of performances.

INTERVALS
There will be a 60 minute interval between each performance to wine and dine in the gardens.

DRESS CODE
Formal evening dress - Black Tie / Long Dresses.(OR indeed any beautiful outfit you enjoy wearing)

Children
Children are most welcome!

ENTRANCE
115, Via Della Scala
Gates open at 18:00

DINING IN THE GARDENS

NEW TO 2019 – We are delighted to announce the opening of the New Generation Festival Restaurant. Guests will have the opportunity to pre-book their tables and enjoy menus prepared by different new generation chefs each evening.

Pre-booking opens in April 2019. All ticketholders will be informed by e-mail once restaurant bookings open.

Other food stalls will also be dotted around the grounds for guests to make their own point of sale purchases. Both cash and cards are accepted.

The Limonaia bars are open all evening.

Picnic furniture and litter bins are provided. Thank you for keeping these private, family gardens free of rubbish.

HISTORY OF THE CORSINI GARDENS

Concealed behind the façade of one of the palaces along what was known as the Prato di Ognissanti is one of Florence’s finest gardens. In 1591, having purchased land along the Prato d’Ognissanti, Alessandro Acciaiuoli asked Bernardo Buontalenti to design a “pleasure lodge” with extensive grounds. Buontalenti designed the complex hydraulic system to bring water to the fountains, with the pathways lined with sumptuous rows of cedars, the loggia and large “inginocchiata” (or kneeling) windows that can still be seen today. In that era, the garden also contained the famous “statues of the four seasons” that stand today at either end of the Santa Trinità bridge: Summer and Autumn by Giovanni Caccini, Spring by Pietro Francavilla and Winter by Cristofano Stati. The Acciaiuoli garden also contained another major piece, the Bacchus by Giambologna, which can be found today at the Bargello Museum.

Following the purchase in 1620 by Filippo and Maddalena Corsini in the wake of the bankruptcy of the Acciaiuoli family, they assigned the task of finishing the lodge to Gherardo Silvani who also reworked the layout of the garden. Silvani’s contribution can be seen in a number of details in the spaces on the ground floor, such as the ornamentation in the architectural moldings. But it is the Italian-style garden – bounded by the large orangeries, with the sophisticated, geometrical beds, box hedges, lemon trees in vases and statue-lined main path – that clearly reveals the Baroque-style orientation of the architect and his love of scenography. To enhance the sense of length and depth of the main path, the architect made use of the trick of placing the statues and their pedestals at a progressively-lower height, fixing the central vantage point from the loggia at the back of the palace towards Via della Scala, as is seen in the cherub and two lions above the gate and the side pillars oriented towards the inside.

In 1834 the palace became the residence of Don Neri Corsini and his wife, who commissioned both architectural and ornamental work. During the same period, the garden also underwent a Romantic-style make-over. Wooded groves were created, as well as a knoll and little lake – changes that can still be seen in the two wooded areas that create a sort of scenic green backdrop to the garden. More recently, the garden with its spring flowering of pink and red cistus, lavender, roses, peonies and ornamental cherry trees, was reworked by Oliva di Collobiano.




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Le Nozze Di Figaro

Jonathan Santagada

Conductor

Victoria Stevens

Director

Daniel Mirosław

Figaro

Anna El-Khashem

Susanna

Faik Mansuroğlu

Conte d’Almaviva

Nela Šarić

Contessa d’Almaviva

Emily Edmonds

Cherubino

Beth Margaret Taylor

Marcellina

Domenico Pellicola

Basilio
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Creative team

Maximilian Fane

Musical Director & Co-founder

Roger Granville

Creative Director & Co-Founder

Frankie Parham

Executive Producer & Co-founder

Giulia Bellè

Designer

Charlotte Werkmeister

Costume Designer

Ashok Gupta

Assistant Conductor and Répétiteur

Sergey Rybin

Répétiteur and Pianist

Julia Lynch

Répétiteur & Head of Music

Ralph Strehle

Head of Summer School and Performance Coach

Ben Kearsley

Orchestral Manager

Tommaso and Lorenzo Corsini

Production Manager

Rebecca Moore

Stage management

Anush Hovhannisyan

Artistic Relations

Late Night Programme

DJ Harold van Lennep

Director of late-night programme

Ticket Information



BAND 1
€250 / €225 / €195
Premium seats and Spumante on arrival

BAND 2
€120 / €110 / €100
Standard seats
BAND 3
€35
Under 35s only (ID required)

Opening Night Gala Dinner
Tickets are available for purchase separately on the website
€200 PER PERSON

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Click BOOK NOW or scroll to the Booking section below to select your ticket band(s) and seat(s) before proceeding to checkout. If you are purchasing Band 3 tickets for under 35s in addition to Band 1 or Band 2 tickets, you will be able to select seats that are together in any unreserved area.

All tickets include access to the late night programme and additional concerts held on the same day.

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Membership

“It will be hard for others to match the broad scope and cinematic charm of the Corsini event.”
THE FINANCIAL TIMES

  • Gain access to early booking for tickets, events and dinners before general public opening.
  • Access to complimentary top tier tickets and direct personal phone line.
  • Inclusion in our newsletter.
  • Direct access to the team behind the NGF, singers and musicians.
  • Accreditation in our programme and online as NGF members.
  • Support the work of the New Generation Festival and be a part of the magic.





Annual Membership Options

THE FICO CLUB UNDER 35s €135
Two Band 3 tickets for a night of your choice, priority booking, invitations to extra New Generation Festival events and accreditation in our festival programmes.
Limited availability
FRIEND €350
Two Band 2 tickets for a night of your choice, priority booking, invitations to extra New Generation Festival events and accreditation in our festival programmes.
PATRON €1,500
Two Band 1 tickets for a night of your choice, priority booking, a glass of Spumante per ticket, invitations to extra New Generation Festival events and accreditation in our festival programmes.
SILVER PATRON €2,500
Sponsor a 2019 New Generation Festival musician: Four Band 1 tickets for any night(s) of your choice, priority booking, a glass of Spumante per ticket, invitations to extra New Generation Festival events and accreditation next to the artist in our festival programmes.
GOLD PATRON €5,000
Sponsor a 2019 New Generation Festival singer: Six Band 1 tickets for any night(s) of your choice, priority booking, a glass of Spumante per ticket, invitations to extra New Generation Festival events and accreditation next to the artist in our festival programmes.
FESTIVAL PATRON €15,000
Sponsor a night of the 2019 New Generation Festival: Twelve Band 1 tickets for the sponsored night of your choice, priority booking, a glass of Spumante per ticket, the gala dinner and/or food and beverage tokens, invitations to extra New Generation Festival events and accreditation for life each year of the festival in our festival programmes as a Founding Sponsor.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP €20,000
Become a Life Member of the New Generation Festival for the exclusive 2019 rate of €20,000 to receive:

Accreditation for life each year of the festival as a Founding Patron.
The unique opportunity to become a member for life of a budding organisation.
Two Band 1 tickets to all performances and a glass of Spumante per ticket.
Two seats at the Opening Night Gala Dinner.
Backstage meet and greets with the casts and creative team.
Access to pre-performance receptions and talks.
New Generation Festival life membership will give you first priority booking for future events and a direct contact line to the NGF team.
N.B. On becoming a member, you will be contacted individually by the festival administration to receive your membership’s allowance of tickets. Should you wish to purchase more tickets, or make a separate order, please use the options below.

Corporate Partnership

Information about becoming a corporate sponsor can be found via this link or by contacting: info@newgenerationfestival.org.

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Opening Night 28/08/2019


Opening Night Gala Dinner 28/08/2019


The Filippo Corsini Orchestral Concert 29/08/2019


From Blues to Bebop 30/08/2019


Festival Finale 31/08/2019

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Contact

For all enquiries please contact: info@newgenerationfestival.org

Only your generous support can realise our ambition to make the New Generation Festival accessible to a new generation of music-lovers from across the world for years to come.

Festival Venue

Palazzo Corsini al Prato, Firenze, ITALIA.

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