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The anniversary of Giacomo Puccini's death is celebrated in Versilia as well as in Lucca, in the places that were dear to the artist, thrughout a whole month, performing exhibitions, plays, conferences and commemorative events. On the occasion of the festival will be awarded at the Auditorium Enrico Caruso of the Gran Teatro Puccini the 44th Prize Giacomo Puccini, a prestigious aknowledgement that the Puccini Festival Foundation tributes every year to artists working in the field of opera, whose career marks memorable performances of masterpieces by Giacomo Puccini. The award-winning artist of this year is Jonas Kaufmann.
The reason why this year the German tenor was chosen is: for the feeling he has demonstrated having with Puccini in last album Nessun Dorma recorded for Sony Classical and the in the film "An evening with Puccini" directed by Brian Large.
Jonas Kaufmann is an artist estimated by the greatest conductors and critics worldwide as a "non-traditional" singer. Thanks to his special feeling with Puccini he has been the star in an extraordinary Gala at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan during which he sang in chronological order all Puccini's arias, from "the Wilis" to "Turandot". A memorable concert that ended with five encore and a forty minutes long applause, a concert that Kaufmann is now taking on tour around the world.
Sunday, November 29
91st Commemoration of 
Giacomo Puccini's death 
16.00 St Marco Church - Torre del Lago - Mass
17.00 Piazzale Belvedere - Torre del Lago lay down of a laurel wreath with the participation of the musical association "Corale Giacomo Puccini"
17.15 Villa Museum - Torre del Lago Puccini homage to the Master's grave

Saturday, December 5
21.15 Auditorium E. Caruso in Gran Teatro Puccini
The Rising Sound presents: Viareggio Gospel Festival
Ticket (single seat € 11.00)
Charity evening is in favor of the Institute Sacro Cuore and of the Family House John Paul II.

Wednesday, December 9
17.30 Villa Argentina - Viareggio The Composer and the Pianist. Event sponsored by the Puccini Festival Foundation. Promo of the musical and scenic moment in memory of Salvatore Orlando and Mila Pignero - for reciting voices and piano.
The entire concert will be held on December 
11 at Villa Orlando in Torre del Lago at 17:30
Free admission upon reservation

Tuesday, December 15
19.00 Villa Borbone - Torre del Lago Puccini 
Greetings' Ceremony. Traditional ceremony of greetings exchange promoted by the Board of directors and with the homage by the artists of the Puccini Festival: Francesca Cappelletti, Simon de Giulio, Raffaele Gaff, David Walls, and at the piano Massimo Morelli.
Free admission

Friday, December 18
19.30 Auditorium E. Caruso of the Gran Teatro Puccini 44th Puccini Award - Jonas Kaufmann
Award giving ceremony of the 44th Puccini Prize to tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Puccini melodies with the artists of the Puccini Festival Francesca Cappelletti, Carlotta Vichi, Simon de Giulio, Raffaele Gaff, David Walls and pianist Massimo Morelli.
Special participation of the solo pianist Sandro Ivo Bartoli.
Ticket (single seat € 31.50)

Saturday, December 19
21.00 Auditorium E. Caruso of the Gran Teatro Puccini - Concert of greetings exchange
Concert aimed at the exchange of greetings with the solo pianist Sandro Ivo Bartoli and the String Quartet "Accademia de 'Concerti".
Marco Fornaciari and Debra Fast (violin)
Francesco Scarpetti (viola)
Francesca Gaddi (cello)
Sandro Ivo Bartoli (piano)
Ticket (single seat € 11.50)

Sunday, December 20
17.30 Auditorium E. Caruso in Gran Teatro Puccini - Concert with the Artists
Concert with the artists of the 
Puccini Festival :

First part:
The songs of Giacomo Puccini
Anna Maria Stella Pansini, Francesca Cappelletti, Daniela Cappiello, Torbidoni Marta, Carlotta Vichi and the pianist Massimo Morelli.
Second part:
"The opera omnia of Giacomo Puccini" with the solo pianist Sandro Ivo Bartoli.
Ticket (single seat € 11.50)

Tuesday, December 22
19.00 Auditorium E. Caruso in Gran Teatro Puccini Aperitif
20.00 Happy Birthday Maestro. Concert with the artists of the Puccini Festival and award of the 1st Academy Prize to the junior students of the Academy, presented by the association "Amici del Festival Pucciniano" (Friends of the Puccini Festival).
Concert tickets (single seat € 11.50)
Eventually light dinner

Friday, January 8
20.30 Auditorium E. Caruso in Gran Teatro Puccini, Kiev Radio Symphony Orchestra
An exciting program with music by Johann Strauss junior, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Rossini and Modest Mussorgsky.
Directed by Maestro Volodymyr Sheiko
first sector € 22.00
second sector € 16.00
Viareggio, Fraz. Torre del Lago, Gran Teatro Puccini
2015 November 29 / 2016 January 8

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