by Carolina Natoli
From 6th July to 24th August, six Puccini masterpieces will be staged at Torre del Lago Puccini for the one and only festival in the world which celebrates Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del West, Turandot, la Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Le Villi will delight the summer evenings at the Gran Teatro upon the banks of Lake Massaciuccoli for the 65th Puccini Festival. It will start on 12th July with the new production of La Fanciulla del West, directed by Renzo Giaccheri who is also responsible for scenes and costumes. Conducting the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana will be Maestro Alberto Veronesi, profound interpreter of Puccini’s score who will hand down his baton to Gianna Fratta for the opera on 26th July. The unfinished masterpiece of the 20th century music theatre, Turandot will be protagonist on 13th and 19th July and on 17th August staged by Ezio Frigerio, whose scenes recall the Art Deco style of Viareggio, with opulent costumes by Franca Squarciapino, entrusted to Giandomenico Vaccari’s mastery. Greeted by great acclaim from the public and critics during the 2018 Puccini Festival, La Bohème returns on the stage of the Gran Teatro with the heartbreaking love story between Mimì and Rodolfo, directed by Alfonso Signorini (20th July – 3rd and 10th August). Madama Butterfly, amongst the most played of Puccini’s operas, will be at Torre del Lago with a new and original setting co-produced with the Liège Opera directed by Stefano Mazzonis and Cio Cio San’s drama is set immediately after the second world war (27th July – 12th and 13th August). Tosca, almost entirely composed by Puccini at Villa di Chiatri, on the hills of Versilia between June 1898 and the end of September 1899, will be staged on 11th, 18th and 24th August, directed by Dieter Kaegi in a blockbuster setting with costumes by Casa Cerratelli, made by Floridia Benedettini and Diego Fiorini.
On the billboard there will also be Le Ville (16th August), Puccini’s first opera, presented in collaboration with MuPA of Budapest, reviving that cultural bond between Viareggio and Budapest which the Maestro had established during his many trips. It will be directed by Csaba Káel and the costumes by Kati Zoób, a famous Hungarian designer. The 65th Puccini Festival will host a gala event “Vivere una fiaba” (Living a fairy tale) to celebrate Katia Ricciarelli’s 50-year career. There will be important national and international artists, from opera singers to pop, who will perform both alone and in duo with the icon of opera singing and show business, totally “made in Italy” (date to be confirmed). Completing the 2019 season there will be numerous concerts which will take place between Torre del Lago Puccini and Viareggio in Villa di Paolina Buonaparte with the review Il giardino di Paolina (Paolina’s garden).
Gran Teatro all’Aperto Giacomo Puccini
via delle Torbiere
Torre del Lago Puccini (LU)
Tel. +39 0584 350567
Ticket +39 0584 359322