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Sep 27, 2018

Antonio Florio named director of the Misteria Paschalia Festival 2019!

The 15th edition of the Misteria Paschalia Festival has come and gone. Thirteen concerts and eight festival days are behind us, with world premieres and special orders from the Festival. An outstanding artist and this year’s director-resident, John Butt, said goodbye to Krakow. After the British edition, we invite the audience to look with us towards the Apennine Peninsula. It is with great pleasure that we present the director-resident of the next year’s edition of the Festival, Antonio Florio!

The Misteria Paschalia Festival is a great festival of early music, and Krakow is its world centre, which has been confirmed by reports in the European media. The concept of the event assumes international collaboration, co-productions and a community of ideas inseparably connected with music and the art of its interpretation. This year’s edition was the second edition of the project focused on a selected cultural circle, and another one is ahead of us!

“I look forward to working with Antonio Florio, who accepted my invitation to co-create next year’s Misteria Paschalia Festival,” says Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of the City of Krakow. “He is an outstanding conductor with a huge artistic body of work, who is famous not only for his perfectionist, historical approach to the presented works, but also for his great passion for Neapolitan music. This is a new chapter for the Festival. Join us for the concerts in 2019.”

The 16th edition of the Misteria Paschalia Festival will be like a journey, both through the epochs and through the whole of musically diverse Italy. Antonio Florio is excited about the prospects for next year’s edition:

“Krakow, 2019. I’m very happy that I will be working in this great and fascinating city next year,” says Antonio Florio, Director-Resident of the Misteria Paschalia Festival 2019. “Misteria Paschalia is a world-famous event dedicated to the Holy Week. This time it will be the Holy Week of Italy and all its regions: Campania, Sicily, Lazio, Northern Italy.”

Krakow knows the conductor very well, as he appeared at the Misteria Paschalia Festival as early as its third edition. Antonio Florio, known not only as a specialist in the Baroque music of the Italian south, but also an artist with great charisma and sensitivity, will return to Krakow in 2019 after a few years’ break, to present Italian music with all its zeal, melodiousness and theatricality, together with his band – Cappella Neapolitana – and a line-up of artists from the Apennine Peninsula, and more, because one of the Festival’s ideas is to initiate international projects.

Antonio Florio studied composition and piano and cello at the Conservatorio di Bari. His master and “spiritual father” was Nino Rota, with whom he worked until the latter’s death in 1979. In 1987, he founded Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini, an ensemble specialising in early music performance. Together with musicologist Dinko Fabris, he actively participated in research on the music of Naples of the 17th and 18th centuries, with particular emphasis on the work of Francesco Provenzale, who served as maestro di cappella of the Conservatorio della Pietà de’ Turchini until 1701. Florio is a lecturer at the Naples Music Conservatory and founder of the Il Centro di Musica Antica Pietà dei Turchini. He has recorded for Opus 111, Symphonia, and Eloquentia, among others, and has been with the Glossa label for many years. He is especially known for his reverent and sensitive performances of works by Neapolitan composers, strongly rooted in the historical context and supported by a solid musical inquiry. Floria’s attention to performance fidelity goes hand in hand with perfect harmony with musicality and emotionality, which is particularly noticeable in Italian compositions.

During the festival in 2019, the organisers offered an artistic residence to the Capella Neapolitana ensemble led by Antonio Florio. Founded in 1987, the orchestra has operated under the name of Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini for almost 30 years and quickly gained an international reputation. Their unique programs, often containing forgotten and discovered centuries of work, are especially appreciated. The ensemble has performed many operatic productions, made over 40 recordings and is a peculiar symbol of the rediscovery of Neapolitan music created between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Date: 15-22 April 2019

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