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The haunts of Giacomo Puccini

Lucca with its puccinian haunts, including his birth-place, now museum Puccini, the Giglio Theatre,
the historic Caffè Caselli, famous meeting place for musicians and artists alike.
Torre del Lago with the villa where the master composed many of his most important operas.
Viareggio, with its suggestive waterline and architecture in full Liberty style ( Art Nouveau ),
of which we find a favourite of Puccini, the Caffè Margherita.
His home, now a museum at Celle Puccini ( only a short drive from Lucca ),
is the original homeland of the Puccini family; this ancient hamlet was a constant inspiration to the composer.

Giacomo Puccini, le sue terre

Born at Lucca in 1858 from a family of musicians who for generations where dedicated to teaching and sacred music. His first experiences with musical education came under the composer C.Angeleri, then at the Istituto Pacini of Lucca and finally, with the aid of Regina Margherita and an uncle, he was admitted to the Conservatorio of Milan in the class of Bazzini and Ponchielli, where he finished his studies with success.
Born for the theatre, to which he dedicated his works, his first opera arrived with Le Ville (1884), followed by L’Edgar which had a rather cold reception, then after a few years a great success with Manon Lescaut. Shortly after he created: Bohéme, very popular opera that fascinated the hearts of many; Tosca, narrated with drammatical strength; Madama Butterfly, the great poem of love and pain; La Fanciulla del West and La Rondine; then a triptych (Tabarro, a passionate opera; Suor Angelica, mistic-lirical; Gianni Schicchi, comedy). His last work, Turandot, initiated in 1921, remained unfinished midway through the third act due to the departure of the composer for Bruxelles, where he hoped to find a cure for the terrible disease that afflicted his throat. Due to his death in 1924 at Bruxelles Turandot was completed by Franco Alfano following the outline left by the composer, and performed at the Scala in 1926 before an audience unable to hide their intense emotion.
Two years after his death, his corpse was brought to Torre del Lago and buried in the villa where he passed his better years.

Festival pucciniano

Festival pucciniano - Torre del Lago

Torre del Lago hosts a festival in his honour each year – the Festival Pucciniano – which attracts the most famous conductors and artists alike from the world over.

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