I am truly delighted to be performing one of my signature roles at the Maggio Autumn Festival. Ernani is a revolutionary, an unconventional man, who upholds his principles and defends his beloved at all costs, who is coherent with himself and his honour. He keeps his promises up until death: a character from whom we can learn a lot. Once again, Verdi gives us a hero full of ideals. This new staging in Florence of Ernani by director Leo Muscato, conducted by Maestro James Conlon, aims to outline these characteristics which I believe are fundamental. I hope that the live radio broadcast on Rai Radio 3 of the performance on 10 November, will not only give us the opportunity to reach a far wider audience, but also contribute to discussion around Verdi, his supremacy in the musical, political and artistic history of Italy, and around the importance of continuing to draw attention to the question of Villa Verdi in Sant’Agata, so that Italians will soon be able to enjoy all that it offers.