The charming Italian village of Torre del Lago near Lucca is home to the villa where Puccini lived and composed some of his operatic masterpieces. In tribute to the great maestro, the Puccini Festival once a year presents his great heroines.
Held in July and August attracts about forty thousand spectators to its open-air theatre, the Teatro dei Quattromila (so named for its seating capacity, although 3,200 seats were actually installed), located very close to the “Villa Puccini”, the house which the composer had built in 1900 and in which he lived and worked on his major operas until pollution of the lake forced him to settle in Viareggio in 1921. Along with other members of his family who died later, Puccini is buried in a small chapel inside the Villa, in a room transformed into a mausoleum after his death. If you are not lucky to be in Lucca during the period of the festival or are interested in something more simple, you will still be able to enjoy Puccini concert in the church of San Giovanni in Lucca’s historical center every night.
A concerts are held by renowned singers and national and international pianists. Every day a unique concert is proposed – that is, the same program and the same soloists can only be presented once in the this year, due to the large number of soloists who make up the Festival’s permanent company and who all perform as part of the artistic turnover of the concerts. And this is another element that makes this festival truly unique.