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INTERMEDI DELLA PELLEGRINA - Trailer [2019 Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino]

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Intermedi della Pellegrina
FIRENZE 1589 - An itinerant show staged in the Boboli gardens of Palazzo Pitti.
6 choreographical and musical Intermedi composed for the wedding of Ferdinando de’ Medici and Christina of Lorraine, Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
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Music by
Cristofano Malvezzi (I Intermedio)
Luca Marenzio (II Intermedio)
Luca Marenzio (III Intermedio)
Giulio Caccini, Cristofano Malvezzi,
Giovanni de’ Bardi (IV Intermedio)
Cristofano Malvezzi, Jacopo Peri (V Intermedio)
Cristofano Malvezzi, Emilio de’ Cavalieri (VI Intermedio)

Lyrics by
Giovanni de’ Bardi, Ottavio Rinuccini (I Intermedio)
Ottavio Rinuccini (II Intermedio)
Ottavio Rinuccini (III Intermedio)
Giovanni Battista Strozzi (IV Intermedio)
Ottavio Rinuccini, Giovanni de’ Bardi (V Intermedio)
Ottavio Rinuccini, Laura Lucchesini (VI Intermedio)

Edition Sabina Cassola, Rome 2019
New production of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in collaboration with Gallerie degli Uffizi

Orchestra Modo Antiquo
Conductor: Federico Maria Sardelli
Director: Valentino Villa
Coro Ricercare Ensemble, Compagnia Dramatodìa
Chorus Master: Alberto Allegrezza

Soprano I Rossana Bertini
Soprano II Elena Bertuzzi
Alto Candida Guida
Tenor Paolo Fanciullacci
Baritone Marco Scavazza
Bass Mauro Borgioni
Extras Greta Cisternino, Barbara Novati, Marco Angelilli,, Edoardo Mozzanega, Francesco Napoli, Giuseppe Sartori

Bandierai degli Uffizi

Florence, May 2nd, 1589: in occasion of the wedding of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I and Christina of Lorraine an impressive celebration apparatus was put up to display the magnificence of the Medici household. Behind this official event lied an ambitious project which involved an incredible team of the most important poets and musicians of the time, such as Cristofano Malvezzi, Luca Marenzio, Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri, Emilio De’ Cavalieri as well as Count Giovanni De’ Bardi, who was engaged to compose the Intermedi for Girolamo Bargagli’s play La Pellegrina.
Renaissance intermediums were sumptuous musical interludes inserted between the acts of a theatrical show on allegorical and moral themes with eclectic references to classical mythology. They are considered as the forerunners of musical opera.
The spectacular show, which was performed using a complex stage machinery set up in Palazzo Pitti’s Boboli gardens , was an immediate success, so much that the intermediums were performed in the days to follow during another two plays.
The Six intermediums in La Pellegrina provide for choral madrigals, double and triple choirs, solo accompanied numbers and instrumental pieces, inserted into the impressive and sumptuous staging by Bernando Buontalenti.

430 years later, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in collaboration with Galleria Degli Uffizi produces the first staging in modern times of the Intermedi della Pellegrina through an itinerant show in Palazzo Pitti’s Boboli gardens.
Stage director Valentino Villa’s approach was to “attempt at an ironic historical reconstruction, [where] imageries blur together, classical mythology is grafted onto contemporary iconography”.
Conductor Federico Maria Sardelli leads Modo Antiquo and Chorus Master Alberto Allegrezza is at the head of Coro Ricercare Ensemble and Compagnia Dramatodìa.
« A phantasmagorical show destined to mark history as the forerunner of opera » Bettina Hoffman

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