In response to the emergency closures of theatres and concert venues, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino opera house has launched a streaming service to bring its music to people in their homes.
Maggio Musicale had a full March programme, including Verdi's La Traviata and Handel's Rinaldo. The streaming service is intended to fill the holes that the closures, which are currently set to end on April 3, has left in the diaries of classical enthusiasts.
Listeners can join in with #noisiamoilmaggio by going to the theatre's Facebook page at the hours scheduled on the service's calendar. The service debuts on March 22, with a concert dedicated to George Enescu that the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and Choir played last September in Bucharest (3:30pm). This will be followed by their 2018/19 staging of Puccini's Le Villi, streamed at 8pm.
Older recordings will also feature, with a 1959 performance of Verdi's La Battaglia di Legnano scheduled in for March 23, at 8pm. Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea is programmed for the following day, Tuesday 24: the recording is from the November 27, 1966 performance, the day that the Teatro Comunale (as it was then) reopened after the great flood.
The #noisiamoilmaggio calendar currently extends to March 29, with more events likely to be added as theatre closures are prolonged. The streaming service is made possible by connection with RaiPlay and Dynamic srl Italy.