Taking place from August 29 to September 1 in Florence, Italy, this event will be taking over The Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini for its highly anticipated second year, bringing the finest young music talent to a world stage.
Set once again in the stunning Corsini Gardens in the heart of Florence, The New Generation Festival will be a beautiful weekend of captivating orchestral performances, intimate live shows and spectacular opera, washed down with fine food and wine.
This year, much like the successful inaugural year, the festival offers an enchanting Florentine weekend, aimed at attracting all kinds of music lovers, whilst inspiring young, new audiences.
After a very magical first year, co-founders conductor Maximilian Fane, and international producers Granville & Parham, have collaborated with a diverse and young team, gathering together some of the world’s most exciting music stars and promising new talent, promising an even bigger and more spectacular year than its predecessor.
Throughout the weekend, audiences will take to the sun-kissed gardens for outstanding open-air performances including Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart on the 29th August and again on 1st September and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and his Symphony No. 5 starring Charlie Siem on 30th August.
The New Generation Festival will also host a full staging of William Shakespeare’s Henry V on August 31, set to the live orchestral score by Sir William Walton.
An exciting addition to the upcoming festival, and all-new for 2018, is an array of day-time events taking place throughout the beautiful Tuscan capital. These include exclusive wine tastings, cultural tours and excursions and a variety of art events including exhibitions and galleries.
Aside from the headlining acts and day time activities, The New Generation Festival will also play host to an array of non-classical performances, from up-and-coming bands to international DJs, TBA. These will take place in unique venues across the expansive gardens, from historic halls and out-buildings, within floral corners of the gardens themselves and a perhaps even in a secret Florentine location.
Between each performance, guests can explore the multi-sensory experience and tranquility of the Corsini Gardens. A variety of food and refreshments will be available and guests can relax on picnic furniture and blankets and bask under the warm Italian evening sun.
Continuing to provide young talent with a platform, The New Generation Festival will be holding a 10-day intensive training and performance programme for aspiring singers, alongside leading professional teachers and coaches from major UK conservatoires and training institutions such as the National Opera Studio and the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
The summer school will guide students through musical training, public masterclasses and psychology workshops, resulting in the unique experience of being part of the chorus in The New Generation Festival main stage productions.
Concealed behind the façade of the Prato di Ognissanti’s famous Palazzo Corsini is one of Florence’s finest gardens. Originally designed in 1591, the scenic gardens were brought to life with water fountains, sumptuous rows of cedars and the celebrated ‘statues of the four seasons’ that stand today on either end of the Santa Trinita bridge. Upon entering the gardens and walking among the lemon orchards, wooded groves and ornamental cherry trees, guests will feel as though the noisy city beyond the gates has simply disappeared. The New Generation Festival offers a unique opportunity to experience Florence like never before, surrounded by exquisite music in one of the finest, private renaissance parks rarely opened to the public. Bookings for members of The New Generation Festival open on Monday 11th December, general public bookings open on Friday 19th January.