The ReGeneration Festival in Florence’s Boboli Gardens
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The ReGeneration Festival in Florence’s Boboli Gardens

Fri 24 Jul 2020 7:53 AM

The popular The New Generation Festival is taking on a new guise this year following the Covid-19 lockdown. Announced at a press conference held in the Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala degli Elementi, the renamed ReGeneration Festival will be a four-day programme of concerts and productions offered for free to the public from August 26 to 29 in Florence’s Boboli Gardens.



An aerial shot of last year’s The New Generation Festival in the Palazzo Corsini Gardens



Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham, the three young British producers behind The New Generation Festival, sent a proposal to the Uffizi Galleries, requesting the use of the Boboli Gardens, and their wish was granted.


The festival will include opera, orchestral music, jazz and classical chamber music, welcoming 500 spectators each evening who can reserve their physically distanced seats for free from 17 August on The New Generation Festival website and that of the Uffizi Galleries. Seats will also be reserved for healthcare professionals and key workers who have been fighting on the frontline against the novel coronavirus.


The festival has been made possible by the Mascarade Opera Foundation and will be staged by Corsini Events, the festival’s production management team, as well as generous international donors with a penchant for the arts. You can support the cause by purchasing tickets (200 euro) to the Gala Dinner on August 25 in the Corsini Gardens here.



Roger Granville, Frankie Parham and Maximilian Fane, the festival’s organizers



Florence’s top musical institutions are taking part in the festival, such as Maggio Musicale, the “Luigi Cherubini” Florence Conservatoire of Music, the Fiesole School of Music, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Musica con le Ali association, in addition to the young stage director Edoardo Zucchetti and the “Artiglieria”, budding film director Teodora Pampaloni and the esteemed costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini, who was recently invited to join the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which awards the Oscars each year.


“ReGen, we hope, is the light that finally emerges at the end of the tunnel after the dark months of the pandemic, the awakening of culture after this challenging moment: the regeneration of a new time through art,” explain the producers Roger Granville, Maximilian Fane and Frankie Parham. “This is our tribute to the arts and to Florence: an extraordinary artistic response at an extraordinary time, one that does not ignore the reality of the situation, but embraces it.”



The ReGeneration Festival press conference with festival organizers, Uffizi director Eike Schmidt and Florence city councillor for culture Tommaso Sacchi



Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Dr Eike D. Schmidt, says: “After the enormous success of the collaborations between the Uffizi Galleries with the Maggio Musicale, with the Musica con le Ali association, which offers two festivals every year in the Sala Bianca, and now also with the Florence Conservatoire, which for some weeks has been staging concerts for visitors to the Palazzo Pitti every Saturday morning, now the relationship that the Uffizi Galleries has with music is intensifying and strengthening even more. This is thanks to The ReGeneration Festival: a great event that will enchant the Boboli Gardens during the week in which, among other things, we will have the anniversary of the coronation of Cosimo I as Grand Duke of Tuscany (August 27, 1569).”


Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola will open and end the festival on August 26 and 29. It will be performed by Orchestra Senzaspine, a Bologna-based collective of musicians all under the age of 35, and conducted by Sándor Károlyi, a rising Hungarian talent who has trained in Geneva, Florence and Vienna. The young French director, Jean-Romain Vesperini, will be responsible for the staging of the opera in a space that has the same dimensions as the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow. A symphony night played by the Italian Youth Orchestra will entertain on August 27, segued by a performance by pianist Dan Tepfer, and a jazz evening on August 28, followed by British drag act DEVOTION.


Side events will include the stage director Edoardo Zucchetti and the Artiglieria acting troupe outside the Grand Limonaia and at the Meridiana pieces designed by costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini, winner of four David di Donatello awards. Families have not been forgotten back in the festival’s original location of the Palazzo Corsini gardens with La Cenerentola for children directed by Patrick Lynch and a screening of the short film Babal by Teodora Pampaloni accompanied by live music from the Menura Vocal Ensemble, a female-only choir from Sesto Fiorentino. Late-night concerts will also be produced at Manifattura Tabacchi on August 28 and 29, featuring DJ John Swing (Francesco Giannini).





26-29 August, 2020

Boboli Gardens, Florence

Main stage programme beginning at 8.30pm each evening



Wednesday, August 26

La Cenerentola by Gioacchino Rossini


Orchestra: Orchestra Senzaspine

Conductor: Sándor Károlyi

Director: Jean-Romain Vesperini

with: Svetlina Stoyanova, Josh Lovell, Gurgen Baveyan, Daniel Mirosław, Blaise Malaba, Marvic Monreal, Giorgia Paci



Thursday, August 27

Symphony Night

Le nozze di Figaro Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb/1 by Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven


Orchestra: The Italian Youth Orchestra

Soloist Erica Piccotti

Conductor: Daniele Rustioni



Natural Machines by Dan Tepfer



The Three Divas with Shenel Johns



Friday, August 28

Jazz Night

The Three Divas with Shenel Johns, Veronica Swift, Anush Hovhannisyan, Yasushi Nakamura,

Dominick Farinacci, Dan Tepfer, Sam Jewison

accompanied by musicians from Orchestra Senzaspine



Saturday, August 29

La Cenerentola by Gioacchino Rossini


Orchestra: Orchestra Senzaspine

Conductor: Sándor Károlyi

Director: Jean-Romain Vesperini

with: Svetlina Stoyanova, Josh Lovell, Gurgen Baveyan, Daniel Mirosław, Blaise Malaba, Marvic Monreal, Giorgia Paci



Tickets can be booked from August 17 on and

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