Puccini Award

The Puccini Award

A prestigious recognition

Historical Notes

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.

Puccini Award

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

Past Winners

1971 Rosetta Pampanini
1972 Mafalda Bavero
1973 Gilda Dalla Rizza
1974 Antonietta Stella
1975 Renata Tebaldi
1976 Magda Olivero
1977 Maria Callas (alla memoria)
1978 Raina Kabaivanska
1979 Mirella Freni
1980 Katia Ricciarelli
1981 Gina Cigna
1982Margherita Carosio
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
1990 Grace Bumbry
1991 Marcella Pobbe
1992 Virginia Zeani
1993 Gigliola Frazioni
1994 Jeannette Pilou
1995 Lorin Maazel
1996 Città di Torino per le celebrazioni del centenario di “Bohème”
1997 Maria Chiara e José Carreras
1998 Adriana Maliponte Riccardo Muti
1999 Mietta Sighele
2000 Daniela Dessì
2001 Gabriella Tucci
2002 Galina Višnevskaja Pavlovna
2003 Dame Gwyneth Jones
2004 Gianna Galli
2005 Norma Fantini Bruno Ermolli
2006 Luciano Pavarotti
2007 Riccardo Chailly
2008 Woody Allen
2009 Maria Guleghina
2010 Nicola Luisotti
2011 Takao Okamura Giovanna Casolla
2013Amarilli Nizza Rolando Panerai Valerio Galli
2014Serena Farnocchia Fabio Armiliato
2015Jonas Kaufmann