The year -long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Puccins birth is now drawing to a close.
His actual birthday on 22 december will be celebrate musically with a concert in the Teatro del Giglio with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and solo artists.
This has been a remarkable year in Lucca for Puccini fans, old and new,with the opportunity to see and hear almost his entire works, including rarely performed operas such as Le Villi and Edgar.
However , the Buon Compleanno concert is no so much Saynara as See You Soon since this gala event will be fallowed on the first of January by chamber concert with a hour and a half of some of his most celebrate arias as well as music by one of his contemporaries, Emilie Tavan, who composed for silent films. In the afternoon what could be nicer after a Hogmanay party.
The 2008 Puccini Project was orchestrated by a number of bodies not only to give an overview of his work but to help consolidate and develop the commercial and tourism potential of the maestro for the benefit of the Provincie of Lucca, as a stepping stone to increasing business for hotels and other tourism-related commerce.
This year hotels and restaurants were given opportunity to buy tickets at 10E so they could offer guests and customers a special package with significant cultural highlight. The aim , also, is to stimulate tourism during the off -season-the New years Day concert is an example of this and intended to be annual event.