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The 2024 Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago

The 70th Puccini Festival will take place from Friday 12 July to Saturday 24 August 2024.

Puccini’s operas will once again be staged by the Lake of Massaciuccoli in the outdoor Gran Teatro all’Aperto, which offers around thousands of spectators from all around the world the wonderful experience of an evening of the great Maestro’s music. Torre del Lago, where Puccini found inspiration for his immortal melodies, is twenty minutes from the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte.

Puccini is recognised as one of the greatest composers of all time and is celebrated at the Puccini Festival, a fundamental part of cultural life in Tuscany. His music focuses on the little things and conveys human feelings that are both profound and universal.

Marking 100 years since the death of Giacomo Puccini, the programme of the 70th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago celebrates his extraordinary career.

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Programme

The following 6 Puccini works will be performed from 12 July to 24 August in chronological order:

Le Villi and Edgar in a dual performance on the same evening, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca and the unfinished Turandot.

The programme reflects Puccini’s progression from his debut opera, Le Villi (1884), at the age of twenty-six. Prompted by his teacher at the Conservatorio di Milano, Amilcare Ponchielli, who had been impressed by the power of the young musician’s symphonic composition, Puccini entered the one-act opera contest organised by the publishing house, Sonzogno, but did not win. The work went on to première at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan on 31 May 1884 to unanimous acclaim.

Le Villi will be performed in Torre del Lago followed by the rarely staged Edgar, which was last performed at the Puccini Festival 16 years ago. This second opera by Giacomo Puccini premiered at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on the evening of 21 April 1889. Whilst the performance received positive reviews and appreciation from the public and critics, the score fell short of revealing the full extent of his talent, which exploded and established Puccini’s genius in Manon Lescaut (1893), to be performed on two evenings.

The programme also includes two new productions, La Bohème (1896) and Tosca (1900).

The Puccini Festival will also stage 4 performances in August of the opera Turandot (1926), which the great opera composer had left unfinished at the time of his premature death. Many believe he had been unable to finish the opera because he failed to find a happy ending in the light of the tragedy of Liù’s death. The performances in Torre del Lago will end on the notes of the piccolo of one of the milestones of the modern repertoire.

Numerous musical events and initiatives will be added to this opera programme to complement the extraordinary programme for 2024, which includes celebrations for the 120th anniversary of Madama Butterfly to be held throughout the area of Viareggio, Torre del Lago, the Versilia Riviera and Tuscany and overseas.

Enjoy a dream stay at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte and the memorable experience of an evening performance of one of Puccini’s operas in the lakeside open-air theatre!

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