A special addition to the festival is a series of symphonic concerts conducted by internationally renowned conductors. The festival will open with the performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Chorus and conductor Zubin Mehta (19 July); then, the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia conducted by Myung-Whun Chung will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No 6 (“Pastoral”) and No 9 (21 July); Beethoven’s piano concertos will be performed by award winning pianist Jan Lisiecki, whose brilliant career has taken him to concert halls and festivals all over the world (4 and 6 August); finally, Antonio Florio will conduct the Cappella Neapolitana in a new realisation of Mozart and Giuseppe Giordani’s Litaniae Lauretanae, dedicated to the Marche region (18 August, Teatro Lauro Rossi).
The new Musical Director Donato Renzetti will conduct the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini in a concert celebrating John Williams, the film composer known especially for his Star Wars soundtrack, and will lead an international course for young conductors and young singers to be held in Macerata from 4 to 11 August.
These opera productions are complemented by a concert celebrating Mascagni (Saturday 23 July), who composed the soundtrack for the film Rapsodia satanica (1971), a masterpiece of silent Italian cinema based on Goethe’s Faust, directed by Nino Oxilia. The film is also a prime example of the diva genre, featuring Lyda Borelli as Alba d’Oltrevita. On the podium: director and composer Marcello Panni – who worked on Mascagni’s score – will conduct the FORM – Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. This concert will also feature three interludes from Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff, Cavalleria rusticana, and Amica.
Arena Sferisterio will also host a concert celebrating Brazilian music with one of Brazil’s most iconic guitarists, Toquinho, who will perform with his band over 50 years of hits on Saturday, 13 August.