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Music under the stars

The program of the Puccini 2020 Festival is really rich for all those who want to spend an evening full of emotions.
In the enchanting scenery of the Gran Teatro open-air of Torre del Lago, with an audience of 1000 spectators, or in the evocative spaces of the city of Viareggio, the event this year offers three new productions of Puccini’s opera, prose and symphonic music.

The 2020 edition, in Covid-19 security mode, began with one of the most loved titles by the public as Gianni Schicchi. A brilliant and fun performance that will be staged again in August in the magical location of the Gran Teatro on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli. Two other masterpieces are also scheduled: Tosca, directed by Stefano Monti and conducted by Alberto Veronesi and Madama Butterfly directed by Manu Lalli and conducted by Enrico Calesso, both accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.

There are five new productions that have not undergone health restrictions but have drawn inspiration from these to offer new ways of narrating scenes from the great repertoire.
Love in the time of the coronavirus is the theme that inspired Valerio Cappelli, journalist and correspondent for Corriere della Sera, for the prose There are days that never happen. The show tells, with the voices of Sergio Castellitto and Isabella Ferrari, the effects of the pandemic and forced isolation on a love relationship, with an unreleased music score written by the two-time Oscar winner and recently passed away Ennio Morricone.

Another event will also be presented in the outdoor setting of Torre del Lago: The voice of the moon, by the internationally renowned writer Stefano Massini, who will stage one of his narrative frescoes telling the three works on the bill.

Absolutely suggestive then the performance Agli Astri e al Ciel which will be proposed in two evenings dedicated and inspired by Tosca: another show that comes from the artistic project of Giorgio Battistelli and accompanied by the voice of Stefania Sandrelli. An evening that will see the world premiere of six new performances commissioned from Italian composers: Francesco Antonioni, Sara Caneva, Caterina Di Cecca, Virginia Guastella, Riccardo Panfili and Fabio Vacchi.