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.
Friday, 12 July
9:15 pm - La fanciulla del West - Opera composed of lyrical scenes in four paintings on libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini. Music by Giacomo Puccini. The Opera will be staged with a new production directed by Renzo Giacchieri. Maria Guleghina will play the role of Minnie; Maestro Alberto Veronesi will conduct the Puccini Festival Orchestra. Direction, Scenes, Costumes by Renzo Giacchieri.
At the beginning of 1907, during a stay in the American metropolis, Puccini happened to witness a drama by David Belasco, entitled The Girl of the Golden West, remaining extremely impressed; having obtained the necessary consent from the author, he commissioned the poet Carlo Zangarini, who later took over the Tuscan writer Guelfo Civinini, from writing the librettist text. In the summer of 1908 Puccini embarked on the composition which, after a rather long period for family reasons, was completed in July 1910. The first performance took place successfully at the Metropolitan Theater in New York on December 10, 1910 directed by Arturo Toscanini and until 2011 it had 104 performances.
The story takes place in California, around 1850, at the time of the gold rush. Minnie (soprano) is the young mistress of the "Polka", a place at the foot of the Sierra mountains, and, for the miners of the nearby work camp, the companion, the comforter, the confidant; especially now that a band of greasers, commanded by the fearsome Ramerrez, haunts the area by plundering and plunging.