New Generation Festival



L’elisir d’amore








Venue: Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato, Florence

Hosted by: Filippo and Giorgiana Corsini, The IX Prince and Princess of Sismano

Conductor & co-founder: Maximilian Fane

Orchestra: The New Generation Festival Orchestra

Costumes and Design: Michael Howells

Répétiteur: Julia Lynch

Director: Roger Granville

Co-founders and producers: Granville & Parham Productions

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

The Glyndebourne of Italy – to give young opera talent from every corner of the world the opportunity to shine in a stunning Italian setting before great opera amateurs and professionals alike.

A summer school to run alongside the opera festival.

To create a yearly festival with the brightest, young stars presenting the highest standard of opera, music and drama for many years to come in one of the most stunning settings on earth.

A festival by new generation stars to inspire young, new audiences and introduce them to the joys of classical music.

Year by year, we shall expand to several operas, plays and concerts in our festival programme, including live streaming of performances to cinemas and homes worldwide.



Opera: L’elisir d’amore

Start: 19:30

Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens.


Opera: L’elisir d’amore

Start: 19:30

Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens.


Given by the New Generation Festival Orchestra and conducted by Maximilian Fane.

Start: 19:30


  • The Barber of Seville Overture by Gioachino Rossini.
  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26 by Max Bruch
  • Soloist: Charlie Siem
  • Interval: 75 minutes for dining in the gardens.

  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven

All ticket holders for the ORCHESTRAL CONCERT performance will also receive an individual email notification of an additional SURPRISE CONCERT in a special, SECRET LOCATION in Florence. This performance will take place on Friday 1st September, directly after the Orchestral Concert. The surprise will be announced one month prior to the Festival opening.


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.

Dining in the Gardens

  • Food hampers may be ordered on the hamper page of the website. Highly recommended.
  • Picnic furniture will be provided.
  • The Limonaia Bar in the gardens opens 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.

Dress Code

Formal evening dress - Black Tie / Long Dresses.

(OR indeed any beautiful outfit you enjoy wearing)

Children are most welcome!

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 mouldings.

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.

Khanyiso Gwenxane

Khanyiso Gwenxane

In the role of Nemorino

The young tenor Khanyiso Gwenxane is from South Africa. As the finalist of the prestigious Belvedere singing competition in 2014, he is at the beginning of a promising career. At the age of six, he discovered his love for music as a mascot in the school choir. Read more...

Anush Hovhannisyan

Anush Hovhannisyan

In the role of Adina

Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan [pron: anoush hovanisian] is praised as "hypnotically striking" (The Arts Desk), "glamorous, excitingly temperamental" (The Sunday Times) and her voice "rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual" (Music OMH).


Johannes Kammler

Johannes Kammler

In the role of Belcore

Johannes Kammler, born in Augsburg, received his first musical training with the “Augsburger Domsingknaben” and studied singing in Freiburg, Toronto and at the Guildhall in London. Read more...

Arshak Kuzikyan

Arshak Kuzikyan

In the role of Dulcamara

Armenian bass-baritone Arshak Kuzikyan recently graduated from the Wales International Academy of Voice where he studied with Dennis O'Neill, having previously studied at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Yerevan State Conservatory. Read more...

Barbara Cole Walton

Barbara Cole Walton

In the role of Giannetta

Canadian soprano, Barbara Cole Walton, holds a Master of Music in Opera (distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s 2016 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30 and was a Finalist in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition. Read more...

Tommaso and Lorenzo Corsini

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. Read more...

Maximilian Fane

Maximilian Fane

Conductor and Co-Founder

Max Fane is a conductor and producer. Max is also founder and conductor of his own Opera Company and orchestra, Raucous Rossini. The past two years have seen the company perform Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, L'inganno Felice, and Il Signor Bruschino, as well as various orchestral concerts. Read more...

Kathleen McKellar Ferguson

Kathleen McKellar Ferguson

Vocal Coach

Having studied at RSAMD, Scotland and the RCM in London, Kathleen McKellar Ferguson pursued a highly successful international singing career over 20 years as a mezzo soprano. Read more...

Roger Granville

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 set to be staged for the first time in Florence in the summer of 2017. Read more...

Michael Howells

Michael Howells

Costumes and Design

A production designer working both in film and in fashion, Michael Howells is credited with realising some of the most spectacular and ambitious sets in either field. Read more...

Paul Livingston

Paul Livingston


Paul Livingston was born in Perth, Scotland in 1988. Following studies as a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Paul studied violin abroad with Mark Gothoni and Igor Ozim, and viola with Bruno Giuranna at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona. Read more...

Julia Lynch

Julia Lynch


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 scholarship to study piano at the RSAMD in Glasgow with Laurence Glover. Read more...

Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore

Stage Manager

Rebecca graduated from the University of Winchester in October 2015 in Arts and Stage Management. Her credits include Assistant Stage Management at Glyndebourne Opera House for the last three years on productions including Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia... Read more...

Frankie Parham

Frankie Parham

Co-Founder & Co-Producer (Granville & Parham Productions)

Frankie is a producer of theatre, film and comedy. With co-producer Roger Granville, he is producing The New Generation Festival (Palazzo Corsini al Prato, Florence, 2017). Read more...

Charlie Siem

Charlie Siem

Artistic Director

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 Menuhin playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Read more...

Dr Ralph Strehle

Dr Ralph Strehle

Performance Coach

Ralph is performance coach, lecturer, researcher and vocal performance co-ordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where his main interest lies in generating, implementing and monitoring strategies and structures for the artistic and professional development of singers at conservatoire and post-conservatoire level. Read more...

Jonathon Swinard

Jonathon Swinard

Head of Music

British conductor and pianist Jonathon Swinard enjoys a varied freelance career across the UK and Europe. He is currently based in Glasgow, where he works as Chorus Master and Répétiteur for Scottish Opera and as a vocal coach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.​ Read more...



Luxury hamper

  • Filled with Florentine specialities and delicious, local, seasonal food.
  • 1 bottle of exclusive Principe Corsini 'Elisir d’amore' red wine included.
  • Different hamper contents for the Opera nights and the Concert night.
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

€60.00 serves 2 people.

Collect on arrival from the Limonaia Bar.

The New Generation Festival is honoured to offer you an exceptional and exclusive hotel experience in partnership with The Lungarno Collection.

  • complimentary breakfast
  • a bottle of Principe Corsini 'Elisir d’amore' red wine
  • Lungarno Collection Privilege Card, which offers discounts at all our restaurants and bars, as well as 10% discount at the Salvatore Ferragamo store in Florence
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability at time of arrival

To book and for more information please click on our logo.


The Festival operates a non-pre-allocated seating policy within each ticket band. You will be able to choose your seats within your band at the box office on arrival, and our festival ushers will ensure to keep them reserved so that you can enjoy the gardens before the start of each performance. We recommend arriving in good time. First come, first served.

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

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT - All ticket holders for the concert performance on Friday 1st September will also receive an individual email notification of an additional surprise concert in a special, secret location in Florence. The surprise will be announced one month prior to the Festival opening.


  • Premium seats.
  • Includes access to the Gala Dinner on opening night with sponsors and patrons during the 75 minute interval.
  • For this reason, hamper orders are not necessary in Band 1 on Gala Night.
  • Hamper pre-order recommended for the Final Opera Night.
  • Glass of Spumante on arrival.


  • Premium seats.
  • Glass of Spumante on arrival.


  • Regular ticket.


  • Regular ticket.


  • Only available to Students. ID required on the door as proof.

Tickets are non-refundable come rain or shine. The show will go on!

Spectators will be provided with cover in case of rain.

For Terms & Conditions please click here

Opening Gala Night (Thursday 31/08/2017)

OPERA: L'elisir d'amore

Orchestral Concert (Friday 01/09/2017)

Includes an additional Surprise Concert in a Secret Florence Location!

Final Opera Night (Saturday 02/09/2017)

OPERA: L'elisir d'amore

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.

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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.

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Palazzo Corsini al Prato

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