THE PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The festival was born on March 6, 2004, in Lucca, a city with an unparalleled musical tradition. Just mentioning some of the composers from Lucca showcases this tradition, including Nicolao Dorati, Cristoforo Malvezzi, Gioseffo Guami, Giovanni Lorenzo Gregari, Francesco Barsanti, Francesco Geminiani, Filippo Manfredi, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Catalani, and Giacomo Puccini. It’s a land of musicians, but certainly, none is as beloved as Puccini. The recognition of the greatness of his music is almost unanimous.
Andrea Colombini, artistic director and president, strongly wanted Giacomo Puccini’s name to be indissolubly linked to the city where the maestro was born on December 22, 1858. “Puccini e la sua Lucca” is the only permanent festival of its kind in the world.
Recitals, opera selections, special concerts throughout the year, every day of the year, all in the most captivating Basilica in the center of Lucca – San Giovanni – all at the same time (concerts start at 7:00 PM), and all performed by renowned national and international singers and pianists.
The most famous Italian in the world
A magnificent opportunity to appreciate the voice of the world’s most famous native of Lucca (perhaps the most famous Italian in the world). And, above all, always with different performers and programs every evening, to give the audience the widest possible insight into the great genius of Puccini, often compared with the music and arias of other great Italian and international opera composers.
And all of this takes place in the city where Puccini was born and lived for a long time, in a church so closely tied to key moments in his life. The festival was born and remains a completely private institution, with no public funding, and with a number of performances that surpasses any other festival in the world, given the daily structure of the Festival. Each day, a unique concert is offered – meaning the same program and the same soloists can only be presented once a year. This is due to the large number of soloists who make up the festival’s resident company and perform within the artistic rotation of concerts.