In the height of summer, when the heat of the day has given way to comfortable evening temperatures, opera lovers gather is some of the most fascinating venues the region has to offer. Whether in the roofless abbey at San Galgano, in the lakeside open-air theatre near the home of Giacomo Puccini or on the cathedral steps of San Gimignano, people gather to enjoy acclaimed performers raise their voices to a night sky.
Some performances in 2015 will be:
After 400 years of importance as a medieval monastery, the San Galgano Abbey is now a splendid ruin – and a Operas performed at San Galgano include: Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow and a Gala evening of operatic arias. Click San Galgano Festival for the programme and details.
Celebrating 115 years since its first Festival concert, this year at Torre del Lago on the shores of Lake Massacciuccoli the Festival offers: Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Trittico. Click Puccini Festival for programme and details.
As part of the San Gimignano Estate 2015, in the ancient city of towers in the Parco della Rocca di Montestaffoli, the Operà Galà begins at 9 p.m. and features the music of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. To see what else is happening in San Gimignano click the Calendar of events.