On 1st June, the Cartoline Pucciniane (‘Puccini Postcards’) summer events of Puccini arias, duets, and ensembles, with piano accompaniment, begin. These are promoted and produced by the Teatro del Giglio and the Giacomo Puccini Foundation. The concerts are enjoyed so much by both tourists and those living in Lucca that in recent years the audience number has increased from 440 in 2015 to 780 in 2016. There’s an average of five shows per year. The Puccini recitals take place in Piazza Cittadella square, right in front of the house where Puccini was born in 1858 and which now houses the Puccini Museum.
Fifth and final ‘cartolina’ on 7th September at 6 pm with a selection from La Fanciulla Del West. This is a novelty which will introduce audiences to the American characters of Minnie, Jack Rance e Dick Johnson as a taster for the opera’s performance at Lucca’s Giglio Theatre – a co-production with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera Carolina di Charlotte and New York City Opera which will open the 2017-18 opera season and ‘Puccini Days’.
Tickets for the Cartoline Pucciniane cost 10 euros.