All evening concerts feature a piano and two soloists
Kindly note that from April 1st to October 29th, concerts will take place every day, starting at 7:00 PM, at the Church of San Giovanni in Lucca (only from April 1st to April 30th, concerts will be held at the Oratory of San Giuseppe at the Cathedral Museum).
From November 9th to March 31st, concerts will take place every Thursday (Puccini and Verdi), Friday (Puccini and Mozart), and Saturday (A Night at the Opera), always starting at 7:00 PM, at the Oratory of San Giuseppe at the Cathedral Museum in Lucca.
EVERY MONDAY: PUCCINI AND MOZART
EVERY TUESDAY: PUCCINI’S WOMEN
EVERY WEDNESDAY: ITALIAN OPERA RECITAL
EVERY THURSDAY: PUCCINI AND VERDI
EVERY FRIDAY: PUCCINI OPERA RECITAL
EVERY SATURDAY: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
EVERY SUNDAY: PUCCINI AND TRADITIONAL NEAPOLITAN SONGS
Plus SPECIAL EVENTS (on selected dates – please visit the EVENTS section for more details) featuring symphonic opera galas with orchestra and choir.
On December 22, 1858, Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, the fifth of nine children and the last descendant of a unique dynasty that had dominated the musical life of Lucca over a century and a half. Left fatherless, he spent his youth between the family home in Lucca and the summer house in Celle; at the age of nine, he entered the seminary and began playing the organ in the Cathedral of Lucca. However, Puccini preferred opera. At the end of the 1880s, after obtaining his diploma from the Pacini Music Institute in Lucca, he continued his studies at the Milan Conservatory. His time in Milan was a crucial period for the young Puccini, as he came into contact with the musical world of the time and the Scapigliatura movement (a group of intellectuals who sought to rebel against formal artistic traditions in favor of free inspiration and imagination). He met Pietro Mascagni and shared a room with him for a few months. In 1883, he completed his studies and earned his diploma with the composition “Capriccio Sinfonico,” which immediately revealed the maestro’s genius.
On April 1st of the same year, the magazine “Il Teatro illustrato,” published by the Sonzogno publishing house, announced a competition for emerging artists to compose an unpublished one-act opera. Puccini composed “Le Villi.” However, the opera did not win and was not even mentioned among the works worthy of consideration. Nevertheless, the opera was performed on May 31, 1884, at the Dal Verme Theater in Milan, thanks to a subscription signed by friends and influential investors. The success, both critically and with the audience, was enthusiastic. “The composer Italy had been waiting for…” wrote “Il Corriere della Sera,” and Marco Sala stated: “Puccini’s work is a precious little masterpiece from beginning to end.
This initial success allowed Puccini to sign his first contract with a major publisher, Giulio Ricordi. His second opera, “Edgar” (La Scala, Milan, April 1889), did not achieve the hoped-for success. However, Ricordi continued to have faith in him and supported Puccini for many years to help him establish himself.
With his third opera, “Manon Lescaut” (Turin, Teatro Regio, February 1893), fame and success arrived. Puccini was 35 years old. He settled in Torre del Lago with Elvira and their son, Antonio. Here, on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, he wrote most of his operas: “La Bohème” (Turin, Teatro Regio, February 1896), “Tosca” (Rome, Teatro Costanzi, January 1900), and “Madama Butterfly” (Brescia, Teatro Grande, May 1904). From this point onwards, Puccini became famous worldwide and made numerous trips to attend performances of his works in Europe and America: “La fanciulla del West” (New York, Metropolitan Opera, December 1910), “La Rondine” (Monte Carlo, March 1917), “Il Trittico” (New York, Metropolitan Opera, December 1918), until his last major opera, for which the maestro remained hesitant for a long time before choosing “Turandot” from the Venetian playwright Carlo Gozzi. Although seriously ill, Puccini worked on “Turandot” until the end, even though he left it unfinished.
He underwent surgery for throat cancer in Brussels on November 24 and died a few days later on November 29, 1924.