Tags: Events, festival, Italy, lucca, Torre del Lago
Giacomo Puccini, one of the most famous Italian composers, was born in Lucca 150 years ago, December 22nd, 1858.
His Operas, including “La bohÃ¨me”, “Tosca”, and “Madama Butterfly”, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire.
Many celebrations are planned for his 150Â° Anniversary in Italy.
In every corner of Italy, Operas, concerts and conferences are organised in honor of him and the community of Lucca will build a bikeway dedicated to the “Maestro” (as people use to call him), that passing by Marina di Vecchiano (Pisa)
will get the Massaciuccoli Lake, near Puccini’s Villa, until the new open theatre of Torre del Lago, the town where Puccini spent most of his time since 1891 and which is called today “Torre del Lago Puccini”.
Some examples of the events organised to celebrate Giacomo Puccini, on January:
- representation of Tosca, directed by Franco Zeffirelli (Teatro dell’ Opera, Rome, from January 14th);
- Madama Butterfly, directed by Pier Luigi Samaritani (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, from January 15th);
- Manon Lescaut directed by Daniel Oren (Carlo Felice, Genoa, from January 10th);
- Madama Butterfly (Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania, from January the 13th).
Then, during the other months of the year:
- Rome: Teatro dell’ Opera “La fanciulla del West” in April and “Madama Butterfly” in July (at Caracalla).
- Lucca: the Teatro del Giglio & Festival Pucciniano of Torre del Lago Foundation will present all the Puccini’s Operas (they will be played during all the year).
- Genoa: at Carlo Felice theatre, the “BohÃ¨me” will be played between November and December.
- Milan: at La Scala Theatre the “Trittico” directed by Riccardo Chailly, between March and April, and the “BohÃ¨me” directed by Franco Zeffirelli and Gustavo Dudamel, in July.
- Naples: at San Carlo Theatre the “Turandot”, in June.
- Venice: at Fenice Theatre the “Rondine”, between the end of January and February, and “Gianni Schicchi” in October.
Many other concerts will be organised during the year and even the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera in Arizona (USA) will celebrate the Puccini’s 150th birthday with performances of the Tosca on November 14th and 16th, 2008.