Conductor Zubin Mehta Donates $1 Million to Italy’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 


Zubin Mehta first joined Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1961 as a visitor conductor, grew to become its music director in 1985, and held this function till 2017. He has served as the corporate’s director emeritus for all times since 2006.

Information of the donation was introduced on the firm’s new auditorium, which was named “Zubin Mehta.” In keeping with the press launch, this solidifies Mehta’s relationship with the Maggio and the Metropolis of Florence of over 50 years in musical collaboration.

The a million {dollars} in Tesla shares is among the largest and most important non-public donations Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has ever acquired. 

On naming the Maggio auditorium after Mehta, Maggio’s superintendent Alexander Pereira acknowledged: “We thought it was the precise recognition for an artist like him who in the midst of his life has given magnificence to Florence and to the world: this room, one of the vital lovely in existence, couldn’t be named in any other case!”

“I benefit from this announcement to situation a problem: since this can be a donation in Tesla shares, I hope that the message can attain Elon Musk (Tesla’s founder) and I ask him if he can do the identical for the Maggio,” Pereira added. “It might be a method of recognizing the fantastic thing about Nancy and Zubin Mehta’s reward.”

“My spouse was so moved when she realized of the [auditorium’s name as Maestro Mehta], that she determined to make a part of our Tesla shares out there to the theater in order that the superintendent and the mayor can use them as they see match,” defined Zubin. “I by no means anticipated the room to be devoted to me. I used to be not anticipating something and I’m additionally very grateful for this reward. 


From left to proper: Maggio’s superintendent Alexander Pereira; Zubin Mehta; Nancy Mehta; and Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella (Photograph credit score: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino)


“[Zubin] is a unprecedented determine which I hope will even be a stimulus for others for additional gestures of beneficiant help as a result of tradition additionally wants philanthropy,” acknowledged Maggio Basis’s president and Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella

“This theater and all the things in Florence, however not solely in the remainder of Italy, enriches our civilization and this enlightens and helps us. And it have to be protected!” added Nancy. “Zubin and I are actually excited to have the ability to make this donation, hoping it’ll set a great instance for different folks and encourage them to do the identical.”

In keeping with Radio Classique, Mehta’s donation will even help the corporate as they function throughout the parameters of the pandemic. Sadly attributable to COVID-19, among the many canceled performances embody Cherubini’s comedian opera Lo Sposo di tre e marito di nessuna on January 22 and 24, 2022.

The corporate’s upcoming live shows on February 4, 6, and eight, 2022, can be held within the newly-named Zubin Mehta auditorium.


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