Please note that due to the great size of the venue, Tickets are ALWAYS available for each performance ALSO NOTE THAT EVERY EVENING A DIFFERENT CONCERT IS PROGRAMMED (which means with DIFFERENT PERFORMERS AND PROGRAMMES NIGHT BY NIGHT)...
He was born in Lucca on 22nd December 1858, the fifth of nine children and the last descendant of a family of musicians. After his father death (1864) he spent his youth between his family house in Lucca and their summer house in Celle. At the age of nine, he entered the seminary and later became a choirboy and organ player in the Cathedral of Lucca. But young Puccini preferred opera to church services...
WHO WE ARE
PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: THE AMBASSADORS OF GIACOMO PUCCINI IN THE WORLD.
Since 2004, PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA INTERNATIONALFESTIVAL remains the only festival dedicated to Giacomo Puccini in his birth city and the only permanent festival in the World.
The Festival is now the most effective and active structure promoting Puccini in the World and specifically performing Puccini exclusively in Puccini’s birth city, Lucca, so being fully entitled as the only real and original Festival dedicated to the Maestro and his Music.
PUCCINI E LA SUA LUCCA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: A SHORT HISTORY
The Festival was created in 2004, exactly 80 years after the death of Giacomo Puccini. Until then, no effective sign of the presence of Giacomo Puccini in his native city was present. Since the start of the festival, Puccini e la sua Lucca remains the only event dedicated to Puccini and his music in Lucca and the only permanent Festival in the world, presenting concerts and recitals every single day of the year. And always presenting varied professional performers and programs each evening with no repetition of concert whatsoever. The Festival was conceived and realized by the present Chairman and Artistic Director, Prof.M° Andrea Colombini. Financially, the venture started thanks to the investment of three private citizens from Lucca, the sisters Alda Borselli Paroli and Renata Borselli Colombini and Mr. Luciano Colombini GP, who were then joined in a second moment by public boards, finally convinced to support a great cultural, tourist and economical enterprise as the Festival was and remains.
The Festival, besides realizing almost 380 concerts every year, remains the only testimonial of the bound between Lucca and Puccini. Thus achieving, after 80 years of incredible silence, the task of stating to the entire world –after more than 40 tours all over the world in the last10 years and other 30 tours already organized in the next two years - that Lucca was, is and remains the city where one of the greatest talents of mankind - and the most performed opera composer in the world – was born and lived during part of his life. The Festival has a totally private Board Committee. Since 2013 it also created a special section dedicated to Audio/Video productions, including the huge video library of performances filmed and recorded in the years of activity of the Festival. Being present on youtube with the PUCCINIMUSICK channel , here the Festival presents for free almost 150 excerpts from the complete video productions realized until now, with monthly updatings. Since November 2016 the official web tv channel www.puccinimusic.com has been presented worldwide and open to a large audience a wide programmation (upon subscription and on-demand) of almost 250hours per year in the period 2016/2018. The official website of the Festival, www.puccinielasualucca. com, received, during the last 10 years, almost 7million visits and every day it counts between 3,000 to 4,000 recordedvisitors. For the world-famous www.tripadvisor.com, Puccini e la sua Lucca is one of the main attraction of the city of Lucca,
being second only to the splendid Walls surrounding the enchanting city of Giacomo Puccini. Today, the Festival has a steady company of almost 60 professional opera singers, 4 accompanists, 2 symphony orchestras ( with the primary presence of the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra as orchestra in residence of the Festival all the year round), 2 choirs and 4 conductors, with a staff of almost 20 collaborators. A splendid example of the efficiency of Culture organized by private boards, which may not only survive but also being the highest level of the Italian excellence in the world. Even in moments of crisis as we are living now and in comparison to cumbersome and useless public cultural boards.