The Puccini Award
A prestigious recognition
Born in 1971, the award had from the start a peculiar destination: the female voice which Giacomo Puccini would be inspired by.
Il Puccini Award is given each year during the “Puccini Month” during which we both remember the birth of the Mastero and commemorate his death.
The award consists of a golden statue which reproduces the immediately recognizable figure of Maestro Giacomo Puccini, with his broad-brimmed hat, a little tipped forward, his coat collar turned up and the unfailing cigarette closed in the corner of his mouth, as represented by Paul Trubetzkoy with his statue located in the centre of the of Torre del Lago, right in front of the Villa del Maestro, since 1949.
Rosetta Pampanini inaugurates the role of honour, protagonist in 1930 and 1931 of the first two seasons of the Puccini Festival. Since then, the Puccini Award has brought to Torre del Lago Puccini, in the historical Chalet Emilio, now Chalet del Lago, many illustrious international personalities of opera.
Since 1983 the award was extended to other expressions involving Puccini such as in publishing, discography, cinematography and promising young opera talent.
The prestigious award bestowed by the Puccini Festival Foundation of Torre del Lago Puccini for the best interpretation of Puccini’s Opera was awarded this year to the soprano Serena Farnocchia and the tenor Fabio Armiliato. Both protagonists of extraordinary international careers singing Puccini’s opera worldwide, having also performed at the Puccini Festival various seasons and acclaimed by critics and audiences from around the world.
Photographic Gallery of past Winners
|1973||Gilda Dalla Rizza|
|1977||Maria Callas (alla memoria)|
|1983||Licia Albanese Cecilia Gasdia Alfredo Mandelli Fonit-Cetra|
|1984||Rosanna Carteri Mosco Carner Rai-Tre Ente Arena di Verona|
|1985||Birgit Nilsson Gianandrea Gavazzeni Deutsche Grammophon|
|1986||Renata Scotto Leonardo Pinzauti|
|1987||Montserrat Caballé Bruno Bartoletti Casa Ricordi|
|1988||Iris Adami Corradetti Luigi Comencini|
|1989||Ghena Dimitrova Franco Zeffirelli|
|1996||Città di Torino per le celebrazioni del centenario di “Bohème”|
|1997||Maria Chiara e José Carreras|
|1998||Adriana Maliponte Riccardo Muti|
|2002||Galina Višnevskaja Pavlovna|
|2003||Dame Gwyneth Jones|
|2005||Norma Fantini Bruno Ermolli|
|2011||Takao Okamura Giovanna Casolla|
|2013||Amarilli Nizza Rolando Panerai Valerio Galli|
|2014||Serena Farnocchia Fabio Armiliato|