Florence: Teatro del Maggio Musicale FiorentinoTeatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, (or Teatro Comunale), is named after the May music festival that is presented there. First begun in 1933, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is Italy’s oldest and one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. Performances of the festival start at the end of April and end in June. Performances continue throughout the year with a season of opera, concerts and ballet held at the Teatro Comunale, Teatro della Pergola, Teatro Verdi, Teatro Goldoni and other venues.
Teatro Comunale was originally built in 1862 as an unroofed, outdoor amphitheater. Over the years, it has been rebuilt twice – once after being destroyed in the bombing of 1944 and later after a flood in 1966. It now stands as a completely enclosed, indoor theater with excellent acoustics.
Renowned conductors (Vittorio Gui, Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtw?ngler, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Zubin Mehta, von Karajan and Muti), singers such as Maria Callas, and composers such as Pietro Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Paul Hindemith, Bela Bartòk, Igor Stravinsky Luigi have all performed or presented their work at the theater.