How to Musically Celebrate your New Year in Lucca

TWO GREAT EVENTS AT THE TEATRO DEL GIGLIO FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT AND DINNER WITH “PUCCINI AND HIS LUCCA FESTIVAL”

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Teatro Del Giglio Lucca is hosting a spectacular double bill to celebrate 2016: Thursday, 31st December (from 9.30 pm, the third consecutive year) and Friday 1st January (from 4 pm), the ‘Puccini and his Lucca Festival’ will present two memorable concerts with dinner buffet and a corollary of events.

The artistic director for the two days, sponsored by Teatro Del Giglio, the city of Lucca, ‘Puccini and his Lucca Festival Orchestra’ and the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra, is the president and director of ‘Puccini and his Lucca’, Andrea Colombini.

On December 31st the theatre opens at 9 pm for ticket sales and the evening will begin with a screening of the video of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lucca concert at the Musikverein in Vienna, on 19th December.

At 10.15 pm there’s a Grand Gala of voices with melodies from opera, theatre and musicals. For the occasion, music by Puccini, Catalani, Verdi, Bizet, Mozart, Morricone, Bernstein and Lloyd Webber will be performed. Singers of this first part of the evening will be the internationally renowned soprano Silvia Pacini, Silvana Froli, Paola Grandicelli and Clara Polito, together with mezzo soprano Isabella Messina and tenor Michael Alfonsi, with Diego Fiorini piano.

From 11.30 pm, the most anticipated event: the concert “The Three Tenors”, a repeat of the performance that ‘Puccini and his Lucca Festival’ gave on December 19, 2015 (for the third year running) at the Musikverein in Vienna, the famous Golden Hall of the New Year’s concert. The tenors are Nicola Mugnaini, Simone Frediani and Mattia Nebbiai, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lucca conducted by Andrea Colombini. The program includes music by Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo and Di Capua, as well as waltzes and marches of the Strauss family. During the concert there will also be surprise events.

The dinner, prepared by Ristorante Puccini in Lucca, will begin at 9.30 pm, to coincide with the first concert.

The entrance will be reduced for all residents in Lucca and Province (in addition to Giglio subscribers, over 65’s and under 30’s).

Prices and reservations. Purchase tickets / reservations at the Teatro Del Giglio in Lucca, tel. 0583 4653200583 465320. Infoline 340 8106042 – info@puccinielasualucca.com. Central stalls and central box seats 65 euro (dinner and toast included), reduced 60 euro (dinner and toast included);Side stalls, balcony 50 € (dinner and toast included), reduced 45 € (dinner and toast included); Gallery 30 € (dinner and toast included). For entries after 11:30 pm single ticket 30 Euros (inclusive only of toast at midnight). Buffet dinner consisting of meat and fish with desserts and drinks included. Reductions for under 30’s, over 65’s, and Teatro Del Giglio subscribers.

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NEW YEAR’S DAY CONCERT AND DINNER WITH “PUCCINI AND HIS LUCCA FESTIVAL”

On Friday, January 1st, the Puccini and his Lucca Festival will present “Felice Nuovo anno con Puccini”, (Happy New Year with Puccini), an operatic recital with music by Giacomo Puccini. At 4 pm, in the Teatro del Giglio, the soloists are sopranos Silvia Pacini, Sonia Bellugi, Silvana Froli, Paola and Chiara Grandicelli Polito, mezzo-soprano Laura Brioli, tenors Michele Alfonsi, Simone Frediani, Simone Mugnaini and Mattia Nebbiai, and baritone Gabriele Spina and Romano Martinuzzi accompanied on piano by Diego Fiorini. The program includes arias, interludes and duets from Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi and Turandot. Following is an extensive buffet by the Puccini Restaurant with a menu of appetizers and dishes from land and sea, as well as desserts and traditional drinks (there will be many surprises). Culture, food and wine are brought together, while keeping the admission price as one of the most accessible in Tuscany.

Prices and reservationsPurchase tickets / reservations at the Teatro Del Giglio in Lucca, tel. 0583 4653200583 465320. Infoline 340 8106042 – info@puccinielasualucca.comCentral Stalls and box seats 30 euro (including buffet), reduced 25 euro (including buffet);Side stalls, gallery 25 € (including buffet), reduced 20 euro (including buffet);Gallery € 15 (buffet included). Reductions for under 30’s, over 65’s, Teatro Del Giglio subscribers.Dessert buffet and beverages included.

CHRISTMAS SONGS AT CAMIGLIANO

On Sunday, December 27 at 4.30 pm in the parish church of Camigliano there’s a concert of Christmas Carols entitled “Around the Crib” organized by the “Giacomo Puccini” choir of Camigliano conducted by Luigi Della Maggiora. The even is held under the auspices of the municipality of Capannori, the FMIR Carrara choral group directed by Giulio Meccheri and San Michele Arcangelo chorale of Corsanico directed by Carlo Palagi. Organist Eduardo Barsotti. Free admission.

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