Florence and the Birth of Opera: Documents and Virtual Reconstructions

The focus of the exhibition at Casa Buonarroti is the birth of opera, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Florence, in relation to the multifaceted figure of Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger.

The exhibition offers a panorama of musical theatre in Florence, in an effort to make the artistic phenomenon of opera better known in all its various aspects: social, political, musical, artistic, and theatrical. This multimedia exhibition includes original documents, virtual reconstructions and theatrical performances, using the most recent historical research in various fields conducted by prof. Tim Carter and dott. Francesca Fantappiè, with a particular emphasis on theatre machinery and stage design associated with some of the most significant performances at the Uffizi Theatre, and the first known operas, such as Dafne (1597) and Euridice (1600).

The project has been realized within the context of the “Museum and the Public II” course, organized by the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute, as part of the Marist-LdM Master of Arts in Museum Studies, during which students refine and improve the theme of an exhibition, from its creation to its construction and installation, and contribute to the elaboration of its communication strategy.

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