Observing Two of the Most Famous Open-air Opera in Italy

Make sure you include the two events on your list of itinerary. Festival Puccini takes place annually from July to August. The event features operas created by Giacomo Puccini, the famous Italian composer. The festival can be found in Torre del Lago, which is situated flanked between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Lago di Massaciuccoli, 4 km away from the Viareggio beaches on the Tuscan Riviera and 18 km away from Pisa and Puccini’s birthplace, Lucca. The festival typically presents 4 or 5 performances of up to 4 operatic productions every season. It draws at least 40,000 guests to the open-air theatre named Teatro dei Quattromila. The theatre is named so due to its capacity—despite the actual 3,200 seats installed. The festival’s venue is close to the Villa Puccini, which the composer himself built in 1900 wherein he spent his life working on major operas before the pollution from the nearby lake had forced him to move to Viareggio in 1921. Puccini died and is entombed inside a small chapel in the Villa, the room of which was subsequently transformed into a mausoleum. The Festival had only been an annual event from 1966 when the reclaimed land north of the lake harbor was used as its venue. In 1990, the Puccini Festival Foundation was established to give the Festival a longstanding financial support.

Observing Two of the Most Famous Open-air Opera in ItalyAnother event that is also held in the open air is the Macerata Opera Festival, also known as the Sferisterio Opera Festival. The name Macerata Opera is granted to both the provincial and local coordinating bodies that exist in Macerata, the capital of the Marche region. The festival takes place in July and August every year and feature up to 4 operas. The municipality and the Province Association of Macerata formed the Opera Association in 1992 to organize the Festival ever since. The Association is also responsible for organizing musical events such as New Music Festival and baroque music performances in a variety of historical buildings and sites.

Macerata Opera FestivalThe Macerata Opera organized the event as a summer festival but the true beginning of the festival began in 1921 when Verdi’s Aida was performed in Arena Sferisterio with its 3,000 seats. The neoclassical arena was built in the 1820s. The Festival did not resume its run before 1967, following a disastrous rained out performance of La Gioconda in its second year. The present-day building can accommodate 3,500 to 4,500 guests.

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