LA BOHÈME OPENS THE OPERA SEASON
After the success of previous years, Lucca Puccini Days reaches its third year. It’s the festival that Lucca, a land of great historical and musical tradition, dedicates to its most famous citizen. From November 25 to January 8, there’s a mixture of events dedicated to the Maestro. The event, a collaboration between the City of Lucca, Giacomo Puccini Foundation and the Teatro del Giglio, and organized with the support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, also sees the patronage of MIBACT – Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism and Tuscany region, plus – for the third year of the festival – AGIS Tuscany.
The Lucca Puccini Days 2016 program includes different musical experiences ranging from opera to jazz, rock and gypsy music, to narrative theatre. It will be integrated with events by other organizations and associations including the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini.
The official opening of the festival is at the Teatro Del Giglio, with La Bohème on November 25th (8.30 pm) and 27th November (4 pm). It’s directed by Marco Gandini with scenery by Italo Grassi. Nicola Paszkowski conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Tuscany.
Complete information on forthcoming events, prices, and how to buy tickets can be found on the site: www.teatrodelgiglio.it
OPERA-MUSICAL “MIMÌ È UNA CIVETTA” AL TEATRO DEL GIGLIO
Derived from Puccini’s La Bohème, “Mimì è Una Civetta” is a musical re-telling of Puccini for jazz-rock band based on the original vocal score. It’s at the Teatro Del Giglio on Saturday, December 3rd. The score was written by Alessandro Cosentino, a classical musician able to move deftly and confidently between opera, rock, jazz and folk. The original idea and production are by Cristina Muti Mazzavillani, who brings to Lucca – exclusively for the festival – a new version of the show after featuring it at the 2015 Ravenna Festival.
“BOCCHERINI” ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS AT SAN FRANCESCO
On Tuesday, November 29th in the San Francesco Auditorium of the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini, the Orchestra and Chorus of the school, conducted by GianPaolo Mazzoli (see photo), will present a program entitled “Puccini and Catalani.”
RECITAL OF THE SOPRANO FIORENZA CEDOLINS
On Thursday, December 8th soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, one of the most acclaimed opera singers of our time, performs a selection of arias and duets (together with tenor Simon Frediani) from the most famous Puccini operas, accompanied on piano by Andrea Severi.
NEW SHOW DEDICATED TO THE LIFE OF GIACOMO PUCCINI
Elisabetta Salvatori, from Versilia, a major figure in Italian narrative theatre, will be the festival’s guest with Sotto le dita la tenerezza , her new work dedicated to the life of Giacomo Puccini. The première is on Friday, December 16th. Salvatori is well-known for her ability to tell true stories revealing unknown people, places and events to the public with the care and passion of a restorer.
PETER GUTH DIRECTS THE ORCHESTRA OF TUSCANY
On 22nd December, Giacomo Puccini’s birthday, the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by Peter Guth, will present “Greetings from Vienna,” evoking the Central European musical milieu that, along with other influences, inspired the young Puccini.
NEW YEAR’S CONCERT WITH GIPSY VIOLINS
For the traditional New Year’s event the Teatro Del Giglio will be invaded by a gypsy atmosphere with a concert by the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra (also known as the “Hundred Gypsy Violins “). The orchestra, famous throughout the world for its traditional strings, clarinets and cimbalom , will perform a festive concert enhanced by a unique tribute to Giacomo Puccini.
SHOW WITH PEPPE SERVILLO AND ENSEMBLE BERLIN
Peppe Servillo (film and theater actor and front man of Avion Travel, the Italian group for committed music) and the Ensemble Berlin (soloists of the Berliner Philharmonic) will close the festival on Sunday, January 8th at the Teatro Del Giglio. The gripping narrator Peppe Servillo will create – on music tracks woven between the scores of Giacomo Puccini and Richard Strauss – an imagined dialogue between the two rival authors on the stages of Europe in the show “Il semiserio tra Puccini e Richard Strauss” produced specially for the Lucca festival.