Puccini was born in Lucca 22nd December 1858. Every night, in the church of San Giovanni, where Giacomo Puccini was baptised, his work is showcased. Professional Italian singers and pianists perform for a largely foreign audience in this magnificent venue.
The acoustics are excellent. I am not an opera lover, but I have been 4 times and I love it. There is a pianist and 2 or 3 singers performing songs from the operas of Puccini and others.
Puccini died in 1924 and because of some difficulties during his lifetime and the fact that he moved away from the area – not far away – to Torre del Lago, he was largely forgotten by Lucca. In 2004, the 80th anniversaryof his death, all was forgiven and the festival to celebrate his life and work began. It is a living festival where his works are performed and we get to enjoy the experience.
This is a must for anyone visiting Lucca. I think you would have to be a complete philistine if you didn’t experience at least one spine tingle when these beautiful voices fill the church.
For more details check out the website http://www.puccinielasualucca.com