Don Giovanni

W. A. Mozart

Henry V

William Shakespeare


29th August -
1st September 2018


The Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato


Renaissance Masque/ Black Tie


The New Generation Festival 2018 is inspired by the first ever Corsini festival of 1680. Over 300 years later, the Palazzo Corsini and Gardens welcome you to this year’s Renaissance Masque featuring opera, theatre and music to rival the greatest carnivals of the Renaissance. With all-new acoustics and a firmament of rising stars to watch, the New Generation Festival 2018 will be more spectacular than ever.

The vision

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.


29th August - 1st September 2018

Wednesday 29th August - OPENING NIGHT

Don Giovanni
by W. A. Mozart.

Start 19:30 | Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens

Non-Classical Programme curated by DJ Harold van Lennep
Start 23:00


Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, and his Symphony No. 5.
Soloist - Charlie Siem
Start 19:30 | Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens

Late-night Concert at the Chiesa di Ognissanti

Start 23:00
Soloists: Erica Piccotti - cello; Charlie Siem - violin; Itamar Golan - piano


Full staging of William Shakespeare’s Henry V
set to the live orchestral score by Sir William Walton.

Start 19:30 | Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens

Saturday 1st September - FESTIVAL FINALE

Don Giovanni
by W. A. Mozart.

Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens

Non-Classical Programme curated by DJ Harold van Lennep
Start 23:00

Non-classical headline acts and additional day festivities to be confirmed.

At the festival

All performances begin 19:30.

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

There will be a 75 minute interval between each performance to wine and dine in the gardens.

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

Children are most welcome!


For those not attending the gala dinners, a variety of restaurants will be dotted around the grounds for guests. Credit cards accepted.

Picnic furniture will be provided.

The Limonaia Bars in the gardens open one hour before and after performances, as well as during the interval.

Litter bins are provided. Thank you for keeping these private, family gardens free of rubbish.


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.

Cast & creatives

Cast - Don Giovanni

Simon Schnorr

Don Giovanni

The young German baritone Simon Schnorr was born in Munich and studied singing at the Music Universities of Freiburg, Leipzig and Karlsruhe and attended masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Th...

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Roman Lyulkin


Born in 1988 in Kiev. He studied in the Moscow International Film training school (2006) and in school-Moscow Art Theater (I.Y. Zolotovitsky class) (2010) during his studies, he was an intern in the ...

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Anush Hovhannisyan

Donna Anna

Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan is praised as "hypnotically striking", "glamorous, excitingly temperamental" . Anush is the winner of First and Public Prizes, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera sp...

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Juan de Dios Mateos

Don Ottavio

Born in Almeria (Spain), he started his music studies in the Conservatory of Almería, where flute was his main instrument. In 2010 he obtained his diploma on Music Education by the University of Alm...

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Rachel Kelly

Donna Elvira

Rachel Kelly is a recent graduate of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme where she attracted considerable attention for her portrayals of Zaida (Il turco in It...

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Louise Kemény


A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; she won the Ian Smith of ...

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Arshak Kuzikyan


Winner of First prize at the Pavel Lisitian & Tatevik Sazandaryan National Voice Competition (Armenia) and at Lez Azuriales International Singing Competition (France), Armenian baritone Arshak Kuzikya...

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Vazgen Gazaryan


Armenian-German bass Vazgen Gazaryan started his operatic career as Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Yerevan Opera Studio in 2004/05, and in 2017/18 season he joined the Metropolitan Opera roster...

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Cast - Don Giovanni (Covers)

James Corrigan

Cover for Don Giovanni

Following the completion of a Law Degree at the University of Aberdeen James began his training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011 completed his BMus under the tutelage of George Gordon. ...

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Arshak Kuzikyan

Cover for Leporello

Winner of First prize at the Pavel Lisitian & Tatevik Sazandaryan National Voice Competition (Armenia) and at Lez Azuriales International Singing Competition (France), Armenian baritone Arshak Kuzikya...

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Guiomar Cantó

Cover for Donna Anna

Spanish soprano Guiomar Cantó studied Law & Business Administration in Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has a degree in singing from Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. She continued her studie...

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Ligia Cedillo

Cover for Donna Elvira

Mexican mezzo- soprano Ligia Cedillo is the winner of prestigious San Miguel de Allende vocal competition 2016 in México. She is the recipient of the Opera of Panama Award and Mention of Honor at th...

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Lara Marie Müller

Cover for Zerlina

Soprano Lara Marie Müller is currently on the Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studies with John Evans. She was born in England with a German father and an English ...

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William Diggle

Cover for Masetto

Aged 22, Baritone William Diggle has performed extensively both in the UK and internationally. Notable international engagements include: a recital in the Tsaritsyno Palace, Moscow, where he performed...

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Lancelot Nomura

Cover for Commendatore

British-Japanese Bass-Baritone Lancelot Nomura studied Music at Oxford University and graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a member of Royal Academy Opera. He has b...

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Charlie Siem

Artistic Director & Soloist

Charlie Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists. Born in London to a Norwegian father and British mother, he began to play the violin at the age of three after hearing a broadcast of Yehudi...

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Erica Piccotti

Solo Cellist

Erica Piccotti, born in Rome in 1999, she received her diploma in cello when she was only 14 years old, with maximum marks, honours and honourable mention at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome und...

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Itamar Golan

Solo Pianist

For more than two decades, Itamar Golan has been partnering the most outstanding instrumentalists of our time. His work has brought him great critical acclaim, and he is one of the most sought after p...

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Cast - Henry V


Alice St Clair

Katharine of Valois

Alice St Clair is best known for starring as Kate Middleton in William & Catherine: A Royal Romance and Flora Marshall in The Crimson Field. St Clair spent three years at the New York Conservatory for...

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Jack Gordon

Henry V

Jack Gordon studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Since graduating, he has performed in 'Warhorse' at the National Theatre, Phillip Ridley’s award-winning play, 'Tender Napalm', an...

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Creative team

Maximilian Fane

Musical Director & Co-founder

Conductor Maximilian Fane is founder and Musical Director of The New Generation Festival, and Artistic Director of the touring opera company Raucous Rossini. In 2017 summer Max conducted a tour of L'o...

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Roger Granville

Director and Co-founder

Roger is a producer, director and writer. He is a co-founder of The New Generation Festival, a new opera and music festival staged for the first time in Florence in the summer of 2017. Most recentl...

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Frankie Parham

Executive Producer & Co-founder

Frankie is a producer of theatre, film and comedy and a co-founder of the New Generation Festival. Credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston, 2018), DENIM (Soho Theatre / Edinburg...

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Jonathan Santagada

Conductor for Henry V
Score by Sir William Walton

Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada has an established presence with several of the leading opera houses of Europe. He has conducted the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Welsh Nati...

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Jack Parham


Jack is in his final year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. During his time there, he has designed for over thirty amateur theatre productions, including three shows at the Ed...

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Rebecca Steel

Director of Henry V

Rebecca Steel is a director, choreographer and movement director. Rebecca graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a First Class BA Honours in Performing Arts Dance. She has a...

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Jeanne Pansard-Besson

Associate Director

Jeanne Pansard-Besson was born and grew up in Paris where she received her musical and academic education (Masters in Classics and German at the Sorbonne) before moving to the UK for her doctoral stud...

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Patrick Milne

Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master

Patrick is a pianist and conductor with a particular interest in opera, currently working as the Emerging Artist Repetiteur at Scottish Opera, where he will work on several productions throughout the ...

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Julia Lynch

Repetiteur & Head of Music

Born in Dublin, but raised in Aberdeen, Julia began piano lessons at the age of four. Studying with Denis Matthews and David Parkhouse at the North East Scotland Music School. In 1982 Julia won a scho...

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Ralph Strehle

Head of Summer School and Performance Coach

Ralph Strehle is Lecturer and Vocal Performance Coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He holds a PhD in English from Royal Holloway University of London as well as an MA in Postmodernism...

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Harold van Lennep

Director of Non-Classical Programme & DJ

Belgian/Dutch music producer living in London. Soundcloud: ...

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Louisa Siem

New Generation Festival Artist

Louisa Siem is an interdisciplinary artist who often works between two and three dimensional form to create immersive spaces. Her focus has been to challenge conventional understandings of value by ad...

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Ben Kearsley

Orchestral Manager

Ben is currently Orchestra Manager for the New Generation Festival and Raucous Rossini. Since 2015 he has been organising players for the annual tours of Raucous Rossini and last year contracted all t...

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Tommaso and Lorenzo Corsini

Production Manager

The Corsini Family, through its centuries of history, has built an exceptional cultural legacy in creating and hosting bespoke, one-of-a-kind events. In the last five years, Lorenzo and Tommaso, tw...

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VIP Seats, exclusive day tours and experiences, lunch, the gala dinner, pass for food stalls, signed programme and Spumante.

BAND 1 - €250
Premium seats and Spumante on arrival

BAND 2 - €95
Standard seat

BAND 3 - €35
Under 35s only (ID required)

Opening Night Gala Dinner tickets are available for purchase separately on the website -


Tickets of all bands for the gala night include access to the opening night party after the performance.


Tickets of all bands for the orchestral concert include access to the late-night concert at the church of Ognissanti.

The late-night concert on Friday 31st will be ticketed separately to the Shakespeare evening.


Tickets of all bands for the Finale include access to the closing-night party after the performance.

For Terms & Conditions please click here


All events for members of the Royal Circle will include chamber music recitals from festival musicians.

Members of the Royal Circle will receive private tours from Florence’s leading art historian, Andrea Ghiottonelli.

Wednesday 29th August - Private lunch and tour of the Villa Maiano in Fiesole with panoramic views of Florence.

Thursday 30th August - Private lunch and tour of the Palazzo Corsini Lungarno. Arrival by boat on the Arno river.

Friday 31st August - Private lunch and tour of the Palazzo Gondi with views onto the Duomo.

Saturday 1st September - Private lunch and tour of the Giardino Torrigiani in the heart of Florence.





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

After a sold-out first year, avoid disappointment with our once-in-a-lifetime offers as we launch the inaugural NGF membership scheme:

  • Gain access to early booking for tickets, events and dinners before general public opening on Friday 8th December.
  • Access to complimentary top tier tickets and direct personal phone line.
  • Inclusion in our quarterly 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.

Benefit from these exclusive inaugural offers before they go up year by year.



€135 (Limited availability)

  • Accreditation in our festival programmes.
  • Two Band 3 tickets to a performance of your choice.
  • Inclusion in our quarterly newsletter.
  • Includes a private afternoon tour of the Palazzo Corsini Lungarno and the Torrigiani Gardens on Saturday 1st September.



  • Accreditation in our festival programmes.
  • Two Band 2 tickets to a performance of your choice.
  • Inclusion in our quarterly newsletter.



  • Accreditation in our festival programme and website.
  • Two Band 1 tickets to a performance of your choice.
  • Backstage meet and greets with cast and creative team.



  • Accreditation in our festival programme and website.
  • Direct contact line for enquiries, service and exclusive additional NGF events in Florence and Europe.
  • Two Band 1 tickets to all performances.
  • Access to pre-performance receptions and talks.
  • Backstage meet and greets with cast and creative team.




  • Sponsor a young person to attend the opera - As an option when purchasing your tickets you can become an NGF Angel and help us subsidise a young person. The NGF has a commitment to reserve 25% of tickets at €35 Euros for new generation audiences.
  • Accreditation in our festival programme.
  • Option to meet the young person you have helped.
  • Inclusion in our quarterly newsletter.



  • Accreditation in our festival programme next to your musician and in the acknowledgements.
  • Two Band 1 tickets for the Orchestral Concert.
  • Meet your musician.
  • Inclusion in our quarterly newsletter.



  • Accreditation in our festival programme next to your actor and in the acknowledgements.
  • Two Band 1 tickets for the Shakespeare Night.
  • Meet your actor.
  • Inclusion in our quarterly newsletter.

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.



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Opening Night 29/08/2018

Opening Night Gala Dinner 29/08/2018

The Filippo Corsini Orchestral Concert 30/08/2018

Shakespeare in Florence 31/08/2018

Festival Finale 01/09/2018

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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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