A Festival of Music in Florence 2017


Six concerts and two operas including the Peri/Caccini Euridice and Handel’s Rodrigo


Artistic Consultant and Guest Lecturer

Martin Randall Travel
13 - 18 March 2017



Eight private concerts of music associated with the city of Florence, performed in beautiful and appropriate historic buildings. Two operas, by Jacopo Peri/Giulio Caccini and George Frideric Handel: Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, and Rodrigo, Handel’s first opera written for performance in Italy.


Universally known as the crucible of change in the field of the visual arts, Florence also occupies a pivotal place in the history of music. From the late Middle Ages to the end of the Age of Baroque, Florence’s cultural and political prestige attracted first-rate musical talent from all over Europe, and the connoisseurship of the Tuscan aristocracy and intelligentsia spurred singers, players and composers to adventurous new heights.

The music in this festival ranges from 14th-century devotional songs to the world’s earliest surviving opera, from Renaissance madrigals to the first opera that G.F. Handel wrote in Italy. Medici patronage accounts for much of the programme, among which are the extraordinary 60-part mass written in 1566 by Alessandro Striggio, the most ambitious piece of music of its time.


“The most magnificent performances of Renaissance music one could wish to hear and in most appropriate settings.”

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