What is the Puccini Festival?

The Puccini Festival is a magnificent musical event set in an open-air theatre by Torre del Lago, near the home of the eponymous composer.

This annual festival of opera and concerts, dedicated to Giacomo Puccini, is held in a specially constructed arena by the Lake of Massaciuccoli, close to Viareggio, Pisa and Lucca. It normally runs from early July to mid August.

The setting is glorious. All the seats face the lake so the view beyond the stage is of an expanse of water, framed by the hills of Massaciuccoli.

The Puccini Festival open-air theatre
The Puccini Festival open-air theatre

For 2024, we have the beginning of a programme, listed below

The Puccini Festival Program 2024

Opera Dates
Double Bill: "Le Villi" & "Edgar" 12 & 19 July
Manon Lescaut 13 July & 2 August
La Boheme 20 & 27 July
La Boheme 8 & 22 August
Tosca 26 July
Tosca 9, 18 & 24 August
Turandot 3, 10, 17 & 23 August
Madama Butterfly 31 August & 7 September

120th Anniversary of Madama Butterfly

The higlight of the year is probably the Madama Butterfly, 120 years after the first performance. The scenography for this year's edition is by Ken Yasuda, a sculptor who has a long history of engagement with the land and works of Puccini, having first debuted as a set-designer for Puccini's opera in the year 2000.

Tickets for The Puccini Festival 2024

Tickets now available online

The Puccini Festival program 2024

Where to stay close to Lago Puccini

Our favourite villa in the area is Villa Fobbia, a beautiful spot in the hills above the lake, about a 30 minute drive away:

Villa Fobbia for 10 near Fondazione Puccini

Villa Fobbia for 10
Villa Fobbia is in the hills above Lucca, a short drive away from Torre del Lago

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