Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra

Founded in 1928 by Vittorio Gui as Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has performed in the concert and operatic seasons of the Teatro Comunale of Florence since its inception.

Gui was succeeded as permanent conductor by Mario Rossi and Bruno Bartoletti; Riccardo Muti and Zubin Mehta have also served as principal conductors. Throughout its history the Maggio Musicale Orchestra has been led by conductors such as Victor de Sabata, Antonio Guarnieri, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Tullio Serafin, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Issay Dobrowen, Erich Kleiber, Artur Rodziński, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Schippers, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Seiji Ozawa and Fabio Luisi, who was its musical director from April 2018 to July 2019. Daniele Gatti is currently principal conductor, and Zubin Mehta is Honorary Conductor for Life.

Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra
The Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra with the Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Chorus
Photo: Pietro Paolini - TerraProject - Contrasto