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“Moving performance of works by Puccini and Mozart”

Puccini e la sua Lucca International Permanent Festival
Ranked #2 of 127 things to do in Lucca
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Owner description: The only festival dedicated to Giacomo Puccini in his native city, Lucca. And the only PERMANENT FESTIVAL in the world, with concerts and events every day of the year, at 19hrs.AND EVERY EVENING WITH VARIED PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETERS AND PROGRAMS For detailed information and programs, please visit our official website
Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

When we visited Lucca in November we saw a Friday night performance of "Puccini e Mozart" in the Oratorio of the Museo Della Cattedrale (near the Chirch of San Giovanni). Tickets could be purchased at the door for a 7pm start. The moving one hour of performances were delivered by a maestro and two sopranos.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

My wife and I are not opera enthusiasts but we couldn't resist attending this 75 minute concert. It's put on nightly inside an old church. The night we were there the program consisted of Puccini and Mozart. We enjoyed the program, which included "O mio babbino caro" and the other pieces sung by the soprano and the tenor. They were accompanied by a single piano. Seating was on plain folding chairs. It seemed most of the audience were tourists. After the performance my wife and I explored around inside the church and found a very interesting archeological dig with panels on the wall near the dig that explained what the researchers were looking for and what we were looking at. This was an added bonus to the performance. If you're looking for opera on par with the Met, this isn't the place but if you're looking to have fun for an evening in Lucca, I'd recommend this.

Thank joggerbill
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The Lucca locals are trying to make up for their indifference to Puccini during his lifetime by putting on a little concert in his honour every evening.

Despite Puccini's status as one of the greatest operatic composers, the locals feel the need to pad out his tunes with some Mozart.

Puccini was quite the ladies man in his day and after numerous local affairs he was run out of town (Lucca was his birthplace). In his honour these concerts are held year round in the church of San Giovanni, with the somewhat gradios claim to be "theonly permanent festival in the world". A festival it isn't, but it does make for a pleasant manner in which to pass an evening in Lucca.

Thank jasonlyons
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

I went to the Friday Night Mozart and Puccini concert, part of a 3-year long series to feature Puccini opera in his hometown. I had mixed feelings about it. First, the ticket is 17 euros. OK, but not cheap. I got there about 6:30 and only had a 50 euro note and they couldn't make change. So I went across the street and got a glass of wine.

Got back, paid and settled in. The concert was to begin at 7pm but it didn't. About 7:15, an asian girl came in, walked up on stage and disappeared. A few minutes later, a white girl did the same thing. Finally, AFTER 7:30 pm, the concert started. A man all in black was playing the piano. The Asian girl came out in a beautiful black sheath, topped with feathers, and a tacky white cardigan sweater over it. She sang like an angel, but all I could look at was that silly white sweater.

The the white girl comes out in a full length black dress and a sparkly gold shrug over it. At least her sweater sort of goes with her outfit.

Both sopranos sang lovely, but it seemed forced. They took turns and when they were not onstage, they were against the wall behind a screen. Only problem was, the screen didn't block the view from my side of the audience.

They did the full hour - and the soprano voices were lovely, as was the piano accompaniment. But as soon as it was over, the girls rushed behind the screen and put their coats on to leave. I could see them and it wasn't 5 seconds. If there was a back door, they had to beat the audience outside.

So yes, It was a nice intro to opera. The sopranos had lovely voices. But there was no magic in the air. There was no magic at all. The girls showed up late, left early and that was that. If you want to listen to Puccini - and/or Mozart - buy a recording. Put it on, pour yourself a glass of wine and pretend you are in an Italian church. Same effect....

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

I don't think that anyone should come to Lucca and not see a Puccini concert. We saw a trio a painist and two sopranos who were amazing in the small Church which asks as the winter venue! Definitely worth the money!

Thank eatydrinky
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