Puccini Festival: a pearl in the Versilia Coast


Torre del Lago Puccini on the Versilia Coast

Torre del Lago, home of the Puccini Festival, lies between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, 4 kilometres from the magnificent beaches of Viareggio on the Versilia Coast, 18 kilometres from Lucca and Pisa. The sandy coastline of this Tuscan Riviera extends at the foot of the striking Apuan Alps where Tuscany Holiday Rent offers various apartments on the Versilia Coast for both sea and mountain but also opera lovers. Torre del Lago indeed is a favourite destination of opera lovers and tourists who wish to visit the places where the most beloved composer of the 20th century lived.

Giacomo Puccini in his house in Torre del Lago

A deep love, lasting over 30 years, linked Italian composer,

Giacomo Puccini, to the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago, which was then renamed Torre del Lago Puccini to the pride of all its inhabitants. When the great composer first arrived here, towards the end of the 19th century, he found the picturesque, quiet place he needed for his creative genius. Puccini immediately fell in love with the lake and the small village, whose houses were mirrored in the blue-grey waters of the Massacciuccoli Lake, and called it “the Eden”. Puccini’s two passions were music and hunting and this was the ideal place to cultivate both. Puccini lived in Torre del Lago for thirty years and here he composed his main operas.

The open-air theatre

Following the composer’s wishes since 1930 the

Puccini Festival has taken place on these lake shores and today welcomes about 40 thousand spectators every year to its open-air theatre, just a few steps from the Villa Mausoleum where Giacomo Puccini lived and worked. His mortal remains are now in a small chapel inside the Villa.

This year the event extends from the 22nd July to the 27th August and begins with the colourful and suggestive staging of La Bohème, coproduced with the Hong Kong Opera and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and directed by Maurizio Di Mattia, with costumes by Italian high fashion designer Laura Biagiotti. Five evenings are dedicated to La Bohème (22 & 30 July, 12, 20 & 27 August) where lights and colours create a space-time short circuit.

On the 24th July Bolognese operatic bass Carlo Colombara offers his personal analysis of an interpreter, which will not be a traditional concert but a real show. Directors: Serenella Gragnani and Giulio Frugoli.

Japanese culture marks its return with Puccini’s masterpiece Madama Butterfly (6, 11 & 18 August) with scenes and costumes from the Land of the Rising Sun thanks to the coproduction with Tokyo’s NPO. A production which highlights with details the charm of Japanese culture and tradition, the same that had so intrigued Giacomo Puccini. Directed by Japanese baritone Takao Okamura, the scenes are designed by Naoji Kawaguci whereas costumes are by famous stylist Kimono Yasuhiro Ciji. The eastern roles will be played by Japanese interpreters as the western parts will be by its interpreters.

Turandot will be performed on the 23rd and 29th July as well as 7th, 13th and 26th August. The monumental staging will be directed by Maurizio Scaparro, with scenes by Ezio Frigerio and costumes by Academy Award Winner Franca Squarciapino.

The open-air theatre will, on the 26th July, be the stage for Roberto Bolle and Friends. This incredible Italian Etoile will offer a show which in one extraordinary evening runs through a century and half of ballet. Ballet will again be protagonist August 24th with Corps et Ames, a composition for 12 ballet dancers which will plunge the audience into a world full of emotion and virtuosity.

Over seventy years of history on the stage of the Puccini Festival.

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