2019 SEASON ANNOUNCED
June 4 - July 28, 2019
Miami Classical Music Festival, an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians, announces the lineup for the 2019 season from June 4 through July 28, 2019 with over 50 performances this summer.
Over 300 young classical musicians gain bring enchanting and passionate performances to Miami’s summer season. Opera Productions include the South Florida Premiere of Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, Golijov's Ainadamar; Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and a Family production of The Magic Flute.
The acclaimed MMF Wagner Institute returns with MMF’s debut at the Adrienne Arsht Ziff Ballet Opera House with a production of The Flying Dutchman.
Audiences will also enjoy the return of the 3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration with the MMF Symphony Orchestra, featuring popular and patriotic symphonic favorites and 2 large symphony performances of Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Our Faculty Recital series includes performances by Anton Nel, Daniel Shapiro, Alexandre Moutouzkine and a faculty chamber music recital led by renowned Cellist Emilio Colon.
MMF is also excited to be performing numerous concerts and Pop Up events at The Betsy-South Beach, Miami Music Festival’s host hotel and sponsor as well as on Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive this summer, blanketing Miami Beach with rich classical music.
Browse the new season and purchase tickets below.
The Magic Flute
by W.a. mozart
A hero on a quest and a princess finding her way encounter enchanted creatures, an evil queen and ultimately, each other – all with the help of a Magic Flute! A part of MMF’s popular Family Opera series, this production is created specifically for young children and will be performed with English Dialogue and Sung in german with English Supertitles. Mozart’s classic “singspiel” includes both spoken and sung dialogue, with familiar melodies you’ll be singing along to. Families are invited to participate in free supplementary activities for children. Allow your children to experience opera and live theater in a family-friendly setting.
The Marriage of Figaro
by w.a. mozart
One of Mozart’s most beloved works gets a classic retelling, bringing to Miami the music and characters that have captured the hearts of opera lovers the world over. Servants Figaro and his promised Susanna prepare for their upcoming wedding, only to find that his employer the Count has impure intentions for her as well. Fearing that the Count will reinstate the ancient First Night rite to rendezvous with her, Figaro sets about scheming to outsmart the him. Meanwhile, the lovely Countess, to whom Susanna is ever faithful, begins to suspect the same and devises her own trap to catch him in his mischief. The classes battle in a light-hearted comedy sung in Italian by the MMF Opera Institute, which features some of Mozart’s most beautiful melodies ever written.
L'incoronazione di Poppea
by Claudio MontEverdi
Monteverdi’s final opera brings gods, love, and men in conflict as Emperor Nero Augustus plans to supplant his wife, the Empress Ottavia, with his lover, Poppea. Ottone, hopelessly in love with Poppea himself, realizes that he could not compete with the Emperor and proposes marriage to Drusilla, a noblewoman in the court of the Empress. When Ottavia summons Ottone and demands he kill Poppea, nothing short of divine intervention could stop the Empress’ revenge. MMF’s Opera Studio Program presents an intimate setting of this classic opera.
Independence Day Celebration
Patriotic Favorites including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, and more!
Celebrate the 4th of July with the MMF Orchestra!
Capture the uniquely American spirit with our annual July 4th Independence Celebration. Celebrate the holiday with Tchaikovsky’s bombastic 1812 Overture, movie music from John Williams, Stars and Stripes, and other patriotic favorites round out a fun evening of orchestral hits sure to please the whole family.
Symphony Orchestra Concert
Mahler Symphony No. 5
Miami Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Mark Gibson, Conductor
Written during a time of major upheaval for the composer, Mahler’s 5th Symphony is his most performed work— most famously, the fourth “Adagietto” movement was conducted by Leonard Bernstein for the funeral of Robert F. Kennedy. The MMF Orchestra brings this music to life in this one night only performance.
Conductor's Institute Showcase Concert
MMF Conducting Participants showcase their talents conducting the MMF Symphony Orchestra.
Symphony Orchestra Concert
Glinka, Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
Surrounded by intrigue and the infamous story of a riotous premiere, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring remains a popular piece of programmatic music to this day. The stirring and evocative motifs tell the story of a prehistoric ritual sacrifice of a young girl as she dances to death in front of the elders of her tribe. The MMF Orchestra brings this music to life in this one night only performance. In addition, the winners of the MMF Concerto Competition perform selected Classical and Romantic concertos with orchestral accompaniment.
The Flying Dutchman
The Miami Wagner Institute
Conductor- Michael Rossi
MMF Symphony Orchestra
Wagner Institute Participants
Voted in the top ten performances of 2018 by the South Florida Classical Review, Music Music Festival’s Wagner Institute makes its debut at the Adrienne Arsht Ziff Ballet Opera House in a full performance of Wagner’s, The Flying Dutchman.
Inspired by a troubled sea voyage, The Flying Dutchman is the first of Wagner’s “Romantic Operas”. Set off the shores of Norway, Captain Daland and his crew come across a ghost ship that is captained by The Dutchman— condemned for all eternity for blasphemy. If The Dutchman can find a faithful wife, he will be saved. Daland’s daughter Senta agrees to the arrangement, but will a past suitor threaten The Dutchman’s salvation?
BY JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY
Written by the court composer of Louis XIV and premiered for the Grand Dauphin, Armide is the story of a Damascene Princess and the Crusader that she falls in love with. Princess Armide is a sorcerer sent to kill Renaud, an invading crusader. She falls in love with him instead, casting a spell on him so that he loves her back. When she comes to regret her decision, will anything short of divine intervention turn her heart? MMF’s Opera Studio Program presents an intimate setting of this classic opera.
The Betsy-South Beach Chamber Series
OPERA ARIA NIGHT
MMF Opera Institute
The Miami Music Festival aims to bring South Florida audiences the very best classical music experiences and offers regular opportunities to hear opera’s next generation perform the genre’s greatest hits. Throughout the festival season, music lovers can catch multiple concerts of MMF’s students singing favorite arias at the Betsy Hotel or Miami Beach Woman’s Club , bringing the art form outside of the concert hall and into the community.
All performances at 8 PM.
Zarzuela in the Summer Nights
Scenes from the MMF Zarzuela Project
One of the great subgenres of the operatic art form is the Zarzuela, Spanish operetta from Spain, Cuba, and the greater Latin American repertoire. Each season, select MMF Opera Institute vocalists are coached in the style of this romantic genre and bring the familiar melodies to the community with each performance. Standards like Lecuona’s Maria, la O, and Lara’s tenor favorite Granada will have audience members humming along in the return of our beloved concert series.
MMF Opera Institute
The MMF Opera Institute’s vocalists present several concerts of genre favorites each season, from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved standards to contemporary theatre pieces ensnaring the hearts of Broadway fans today. Featuring family-favorite melodies and the best of MMF’s diverse vocal talent, these concerts provide a showcase of Broadway’s best.
Miami Summer Chamber Works
MMF Orchestra Institute
MMF’s Orchestral Institute draws a remarkable pool of talent from around the globe each season, and out of this ensemble, we offer our Chamber Concert series, comprised of student musicians who select their own programs and coach with our distinguished faculty and artists-in-residence. Chamber Concert performances can be enjoyed by the community throughout the entire festival.
Faculty Chamber Music Concert
We at the Miami Music Festival are very proud of the faculty and distinguished artists-in-residence who mentor our students each summer, but it is an especial privilege to offer our audiences the opportunity to hear them perform in our Faculty Chamber Concert series. The Betsy Hotel on South Beach hosts this program, which will feature faculty member Emilio Colon and MMF visiting artists.
Repertoire to be announced.
Opera Scenes Program
MMF Opera singers perform an intriguing program of opera and operetta dating from the inception of the art form to current works. Scenes explored come from such varied works as Le nozze di Figaro, Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel and Der Rosenkavalier.
MMF is proud to partner with the Betsy South Beach Hotel and the City of Miami Beach to produce a series of p’opera concerts.
Chamber Pop-Up Concerts
MMF is proud to partner with the Betsy South Beach Hotel and the City of Miami Beach to produce a series of chamber concerts all around the city.