“The New Generation Festival” is an annual celebration that takes place in Florence’s Corsini Gardens, creating an international platform for the finest young musical talent. This year, in response to the devastating effects of Covid-19 on the Italian and international cultural scene, the event will be relocating to the city’s historic Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace to create “The ReGeneration Festival”.
Running from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 August 2020, ReGen is a festival of youth and hope given by hundreds of rising artists engaged by The New Generation Festival in Florence.
Stirred by Dostoevsky’s words that “beauty will save the world”, ReGen is a four-day programme of concerts and productions, offered to audiences for free; a festival staged by the young talent of the world for the city of Florence.
It is fitting that the city of the Renaissance should now set the stage for another to be reborn.
The festival’s headline performance will be Rossini’s jubilant adaptation of Charles Perrault’s Cinderella fairy tale – “La Cenerentola”, taking place on both the opening and closing night. The production’s cast will be led by Svetlina Stoyanova, Josh Lovell, Gurgen Baveyan, Daniel Mirosław, Blaise Malaba, Marvic Monreal and Giorgia Paci. Bologna’s Orchestra Senzaspine will be returning this summer to perform with them.
The event will also welcome back its popular “Symphony Night”, with highlights including a performance of the Overture from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb/1 with soloist Erica Piccotti and Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Both performances will be with the Italian Youth Orchestra from the Fiesole Music School in Florence conducted by Maestro Daniele Rustioni.
Maintaining the festival’s founding principle of giving young performers a platform to shine, 2020 will see the Catskill Jazz Factory return to The New Generation Festival for The Three Divas.
This homage to the roaring 20s, peppered with iconic moments of Broadway and Hollywood, will be performed by some of the world’s best young jazz musicians including rising stars Veronica Swift and Sam Jewison, as well as Shenel Johns, Anush Hovhannisyan, Yasushi Nakamura, Dominick Farinacci and Dan Tepfer.
Founded in 2017 to promote emerging young artists from around the world, The New Generation Festival is (NGF) is a celebration of creativity that conforms to the requirements of social distancing and follows rigorous health and safety protocols, including temperature checks and obligatory masks.
To find out more about The New Generation Festival, visit New Generation Festival website.