The international festival in honour of Giacomo Puccini
Torre del Lago is a corner of Tuscany that Giacomo Puccini, who moved here to live and compose in 1891, referred to as “Eden” and which he never managed to leave for very long.
Every summer, Torre del Lago Puccini, Viareggio and Versilia, celebrate the composer’s great music with the Puccini Festival, a unique international appointment. This is a music festival on the shores of the lake, set in the very same atmosphere that seduced the composer. A short distance from his home, which is now a museum, is the great open-air theatre named after the composer, which has hosted the Puccini Festival since 1930.
Between 15th July and 13th August, the 62nd Puccini Festival will see the performance of four masterpieces by Puccini: Tosca, La Bohème, Turandot, and Madame Butterfly, performed by the opera world’s most important stars. The festival begins on 15th July with TOSCA, staged in the traditional manner (Puccini Festival Foundation) and marking the operatic debut of Enrico Vanzina, producer, dramatist, director, and a leading figure in the story of Italian film and comedy. It continues with LA BOHEME in a version paying tribute to the work of Ettore Scola, in one of his last directed works for the Teatro Lirico and taken up this year by Marco Scola Di Mambro.
Next comes TURANDOT, on stage exactly 90 years from its first performance.
This opera was first performed two years after Puccini’s death on 25 April 1926, and at this first performance, after the death of Liù, conductor Arturo Toscanini ended the performance exclaiming “This is the end of the opera, because it is at this point that the Maestro died”.
MADAME BUTTERFLY is the fourth opera by Giacomo Puccini, staged here with sets by important contemporary artists, including Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda. This performance, directed by Vivien Hewitt, uses the original costume designs by Regina Schereker, and is part of a cycle of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of relations between Italy and Japan.