Edition 2024

To celebrate Giacomo Puccini 100 years after his death, the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago, in its 70th edition, presents a programme tracing the composer’s artistic parabola.

Pier Luigi Pizzi signs the playbill of this extraordinary edition with the proposal of 6 new productions of Puccini’s masterpieces performed in chronological order according to their first performance: LE WILLIS- EDGAR, MANON LESCAUT, LA BOHÈME, TOSCA, TURANDOT.

Completing the Puccini programme is the special event MADAMA BUTTERFLY, on the occasion of the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the opera’s birth, with two performances on 31 August and 7 September 2024

“Giacomo Puccini’s music and theatre” are at the heart of the Puccini Festival’s activities, which aims to offer a special aesthetic, artistic and musical experience through new productions of his operas.

18 evenings of opera in the unique setting of the Grand Open-air Theatre on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli for the only Festival in the world dedicated to the Tuscan composer, marking the milestone of 70 editions

The Artistic Director

We wanted the Centenary Festival to be a synthesis of his creative genius – says Pier Luigi Pizzi   The artistic project, conceived as unique, includes the first five titles, The Willis with Edgar, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, staged in chronological order according to their birth, following the path of the composer and his artistic growth, from his beginnings to his last work, Turandot, left unfinished and proposed by us as he left it to us. A century after his death, Giacomo Puccini’s popularity has never diminished, if anything, it has grown. What makes it relevant today is the fact that one continues to recognise oneself in its theatre and in the profound humanity of its creatures. His theatre speaks to everyone, it is universal. Even today, I still believe he is a model for those who want to write for opera. His complicated family affairs are well known, but it is also known how attached he was to his land and Lake Massaciuccoli, where he vented his passion for hunting. In all his operas Puccini has masterfully constructed unforgettable characters, think of Calaf, Mario Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, De Grieux, to mention only the most popular, but he has given the female ones the most sublime moments. Manon, Mimì, Cio-Cio-San, Liù who continue to move us to tears’.

A Festival that Pier Luigi Pizzi likes to define as ‘Unmissable!’ for all Puccini aficionados and for all people interested in music, who in Torre del Lago, today Torre del Lago Puccini, will be able to rediscover the atmosphere of sweet tranquillity that can still be breathed when walking on the Belvedere of this Tuscan village from which Puccini drew inspiration during the thirty years he lived there. In her house, now a mausoleum, the Simonetta Puccini Foundation for Giacomo Puccini preserves testimonies of her extraordinary artistic and human life. Giacomo Puccini’s music and theatre are therefore at the centre of the Puccini Festival’s activities, which through new productions of his operas intends to offer a special aesthetic, artistic and musical experience.