The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, now in its 65th edition, is one of the most anticipated events of the rich cultural life of Tuscany, the most important opera festival in Italy and the only one in the world dedicated to the composer Giacomo Puccini which takes place every summer, in the months of July and August, in the places that inspired the master his immortal melodies, in a large outdoor theater of 3,400 seats, on the shores of Lake Massaiuccoli, surrounded by greenery right in front of the master's House Museum Puccini where the remains of the musician are kept and where you can admire finds and relics of life and of the glorious artistic story of Puccini.
Born in 1930 with the passing of the years it has become a prestigious event able to attract thousands of spectators from all over the world who at the Puccini Festival can listen to the greatest opera stars, under the direction of important orchestra conductors, and admire extraordinary set-ups curated by the most famous directors of Puccini masterpieces from Madama Butterfly, Turandot, La Bohème, Tosca to La fanciulla de West.
The program also offers some themed exhibitions to fans:
6 July - 24 August
OBLÒ exhibition - Works from the Carnevalotto collection.
Inauguration of the exhibition: 6 July at 6.00pm.
The Carnival and the music of Puccini meet under the sign of the greatest names in contemporary art: the exhibition of the complete collection of the Carnevalotto Award in the Foyer of the Giacomo Puccini Grand Theater in Torre del Lago. The exhibition entitled Oblò , curated by the architect Paolo Riani, welcomes the spectators of the 65th Puccini Festival, accompanying them along the path, between painting and sculpture, with a Carnival theme, which marked the entire collection, from 1987 to 2018. The two worlds, the one of papier-mâché and that of contemporary art, they met and from 1987 they created a strong, unique, unrepeatable combination: the Carnevalotto collection. A heritage of the Carnival Foundation, created together with the Studio Saudino, which from 1987 to 2018 brought together the most important signatures of our contemporaneity, with works inspired by the world of Carnival. Among the works those of Cascella, Mitoraj, Pomodoro, Matta, Kaufmann, Giosetta Fioroni, just to mention some Artists.
12 July - 24 August
AMERICA FOREVER exhibition - Giacomo Puccini and the United States.
In the Celebrations of 200 years since the establishment of the American Consulate in Florence, the exhibition organized by the Festival Pucciniano Foundation in collaboration with Archivio Storico Ricordi and the Simonetta Puccini Foundation for Giacomo Puccini tells of Giacomo Puccini's relations with the United States through documents and images. The "America Forever" exhibition traces Giacomo Puccini's journey to conquer the New World, through the testimonies preserved in the Ricordi Historical Archive, the most important private musical archive in the world and the documents of the Simonetta Puccini Foundation archive kept in the Villa di Torre del Lake that Puccini lived for over 30 years. Puccini arrives in New York for the first time in 1907 to attend the American debut of Manon Lescaut, the second will be in 1910 to accompany The Girl in his world debut: La Fanciulla del West will debut with success at the Metropolitan under the direction of Arturo Toscanini in the evening of December 10th. The third time Puccini will remain in Italy, the "Puccini journey" is in this case that of his three new operas, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica, gathered in a Triptych that sees the world debut on December 14, 1918.
The exhibits can be visited in the foyer of the Gran Teatro every day except Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and in the evenings of the show entrance from 6:30 pm is reserved for spectators with tickets.