The Maggio Musicale Orchestra opens 2024 Aretina Concert Season

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by Opera Charm Team
January 28, 2024

Saturday 27 January at 7 p.m. at Auditorium Guido D'Arezzo Caurum Hall, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Arezzo for the Concert Season Aretina that with the Maggio inaugurates the 2024 symphonic programme of the Fondazione Guido d'Arezzo. On the podium the conductor Ion Marin.

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Florence, 25 January 2024 – On Saturday 27 January at 7 pm, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Ion Marin, will inaugurate the 2024 Aretina concert season, promoted by the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo and the Municipality of Arezzo, under the artistic direction of Giovanni Andrea Zanon and with the support of the Ministry of Culture. The programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony in D Major K. 504 “Praga” and Pyotr Il’ič Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor op. 36.

Founded in 1928 by Vittorio Gui as the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina, and renamed in 1933 at the birth of the Festival of the same name, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has been led throughout its history by some of the greatest conductors, including Victor De Sabata, Antonio Guarnieri, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Tullio Serafin, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Issay Dobrowen, Erich Kleiber, Arthur Rodzinski, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Schippers, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Seiji Ozawa, Daniele Gatti and Fabio Luisi. Important composers such as Richard Strauss, Pietro Mascagni, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, Luigi Dallapiccola, Krzysztof Penderecki and Luciano Berio have conducted their works at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, often giving the first performances. Since the 1950s, the Orchestra has made numerous recordings for radio and television and has received prestigious awards, including the Grammy Award in 1990.

A star on the international music scene, Ion Marin has worked with all the major orchestras in Europe – from the Berlin Philharmonic to the London Symphony Orchestra, from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to the St Petersburg Philharmonic – and is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses – from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the Opéra National de Paris – with a discography of over 40 titles that has earned him three Grammy nominations.

TICKETS:
1st sector auditorium 15 euros full, 12 euros reduced – 2nd sector auditorium 10 euros full, 7 euros reduced
ADVANCE BOOKING:
Teatro Petrarca via Guido Monaco, 12 – Arezzo – tel. 0575 1739608 (during opening hours)
ONLINE booking: discoverarezzo.ticka.it
Discover Arezzo points of sale www.discoverarezzo.com
TICKET SALES:
Teatro Petrarca on the day of the performance during opening hours 12 – 14, 16 – 19

FURTHER INFORMATION
Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo Corso Italia, 102 – Arezzo 0575 377438 – 0575377439
info@fondazioneguidodarezzo.com – fondazioneguidodarezzo.com

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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