Associazione Amici delle Case di Giacomo Puccini
August, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
Visit of the the writer Mario Vargas
Llosa, who received the international award prize Viareggio Repaci by the
regional assessor of the cultur Cristina Scaletti.
August, Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
Visit of the director of the La Spezia
Conservatory, Giuseppe Bruno.
August, Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
Visit of the ambassador from
Israel Ghideon Meir.
August, Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
Visit of the general
director of the libraries, cultural institut and copy-right Mario Fallace of the
Ministry of the cultural activities.
Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
Visit of the conductor Eve
Queler and of Tito Schipa Junior.
Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
Visit the boys of summer camps of the
harbor and coast guard.
Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
At the yacht club in Viareggio has been
presented the book "Corazzata Sicilia - orderly march from the opera La Bohème"
published by Fondazione Simonetta Puccini and Istituto di Studi Pucciniani in
collaboration with Associazione amici of the Puccini's homes, the command
of the Viareggio port captaincy. For the European Championship star
201o in Viareggio the Navy Band of the High Tirreno from La Spezia conducted by
Maestro Lino Vilella also played "Corazzata Sicilia"
Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
The pianos of Puccini resume playing: professor Stephen Ragni has
performed music by Giacomo and Domenico Puccini on the Forrster up right piano,
where Puccini composed La Fanciulla del West, the Trittico and the Swallow.
Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
press conference with Simonetta Puccini, Michele Bianchi and Luca Menicagli, to
present the phases of restoration and the concert 29: after a restoration of the
two pianos in the Villa Museo Puccini in Torre del Lago, (August Forster and
Steinway & Sons) by the company Menicagli of Livorno, in part sponsor, and with
the advice of the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage, Landscape,
Historical, Anthropological Heritage of the provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara.
March, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
Presentation of the book
"Puccini in Valdinievole" by Simonetta Puccini and Laura Zanobi. At the end a
concert of Puccini's arias by the soprano Gianna Queni and the pianist Michela
February, Torre del Lago, Puccini Museum
Visit of the Maestro Antonio Pappano, currently
Music Director of the Royal Opera House.
Ms Simonetta Puccini was at
the alla Fenice Theatre in Venice for Manon Lescaut.
In the women's academy of San Michele
Pescia, in the Matteotti square, was presented the book "Puccini in
Valdinievole" by Simonetta Puccini and Laura Zanobi. It followed a concert of
Puccini arias with the pianist Piero Papini and the soprano Gianna Queni.
Torre del lago, Spazio Puccini
Presentation of the book "Puccini in Argentina" by and with the
presence of Varacalli Costas and Gustavo Otero Gabriel with the professor
Stefano Ragni, a member of Simonetta Puccini Foundation and Dr. Michele Bianchi,
superintendent of Puccini Museum. Translation by Simonetta Puccini. It has been
presented the CD published by the Friends of Giacomo Puccini's homes which also
contains the song "Dios y Patria" recorded in 2006 during a concert organized to
present the book 'Puccini en Argentina "in the presence of the authors. At the
end there has been a concert, under the artistic direction of Maestro Gianfranco
Cosmi, as well as a pianist, soprano Chiara Panacci, tenor Tiziano Barbafiera
and the Choir Boys' Choir of the Chapel of St. Cecilia Cathedral of Lucca,
directed by Sara Matteucci.
12 November, Milan
Simonetta Puccini in
1999 registered as a trademark for the signature of Master Classes 16 and 41 (Reg
No 926073) and this year has renewed the registration. By recording the
signature of Giacomo Puccini at the Chambers Rachel Milan, anyone intending to
use the name Giacomo Puccini and his signature must apply for authorization, use
the sign is thus reserved for the owner and his successors. Without the written
consent of the owner is prohibited to use any advertising, products,
performances or other use.
9 luglio, Torre del Lago, Spazio Museo Puccini
“I musicisti contemporanei di Giacomo Puccini: Alberto Franchetti – un musicista
da riscoprire” . Giorgio Gualerzi and Alberto Paloscia have partecipated .
The book “Alberto Franchetti, musicista di Regnano” by Franco Costi has been
Forte dei Marmi, Scuola dell’Infanzia "C. Girorgini"
C. Giorgini school in Forte dei Marmi has presented the show TURANDOT, prepared
by the teachers, the pupils and their families. Simonetta Puccini has been
invited and she has partecipated with enthusiasm.
26 May, Napoli
Simonetta Puccini has
been invited in Naples by the
Association ex students of the conservatory San Pietro a Majella. and
Maestro Elio Lupi.
Sala Rari of the National library Palazzo Reale, with the sponsor of the
Presidente della Repubblica there has been the meeting "Grandi famiglie della
musica": Emanuela di Castelbarco, grand daughter of Arturo Toscanini and
Simonetta Puccini, grand daughter Giacomo Puccini. At the end of the meeting a
recital with the tenor Andrea cesare Coronella and the pianist Francesco
14- 17 May,
Wolfsburg (Bassa Sassonia)
Simonetta Puccini has been guest of honor of the Wolfsburg town with her
assistant Patrizia Mavilla. She visited the Kunstmuseum and the castle of
The 15th there has been a meeting with the pupils and later with the Major of
the town. In the evening another meeting in the Staaz Theater.
The 16th a visit to the Autostad and the perfomance of La bohème,
conducted by Alexander Joel with the following singers:
Mimì: Liana Alexanyan
Musetta: Rebecca Nelsen
Rodolfo: Arthur Shen
Marcello: Henryk Bohm
Choir and orchestra by Staaz Theater in Braunschweig
09 May, Pescia
The school Libero Andreotti in Pescia dedicated a day to Giacomo
Puccini who, in 1895, stayed in the villa of the Castellaccio, near the
town of Uzzano, which belonged to the Conte Orsi Bertolini: in that period
Puccini composed the II and III act of La Bohème.
was received by Mayor
Pescia town who donated her a book and an arms about the Pescia town.
20-22 March, France, Limoges
Simonetta Puccini, invited by the Opera di Limoges, partecipated to the
perfomance of La Fanciulla del West conducted by Guy Condotte and
sang by Olga Romano(Minnie), Roman Muravitsky (Dick Johnson) and Philippe Duminy
22 December, Lucca, Teatro del Giglio
Commemoration concert for the 150° anniversary of the Giacomo Puccini's birth at
theatre in Lucca. Simonetta Puccini has partecipated.
21 December, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
sponsorship of the
Università degli Studi di Pavia, (Departiment of psicologia) and of the
Conservatory “G. F. Ghedini” in Cuneo has been organized a meeting about “Grazia
e gratuità nell’arte, quale legame esiste realmente tra la vita di un’artista e
le sue creazioni?” with the participation of professor Stefano Ragni, dr
Massimo Schinco and professor Clara Capello,coordinated by dr
Michele Bianchi. Alle ore 19 30 has been projected the dvd about the opera
“Fanciulla del West” at the Royal Opera Covent Garden with Placido Domingo,
Carol Noblett, conducted by Nello Santi and the direction by Piero Faggioni.
Simonetta Puccini has partecipated.
21 December, Roma, Senato della Repubblica
for the 150° anniversary of the Giacomo Puccini' birth with the perfomance of
Crisantemi and Minuetto by the Virtuosi Italiani conducted by Giovanni
Allevi. Simonetta Puccini has partecipated.
12 December, Florence,
Organized by the association Firenze Donna, professor Alberto Batisti has
entertained the guests about the Puccini's opera while the soprano Francesca
Becucci sang Puccini' arias accompanied by Marco Francioli. Simonetta
Puccini has been guest of honor.
5 december, Losanna, Hotel de la Paix
Stefano Ragni, member of the amministration counsil of the Foundation Simonetta
Puccini, played diffferent arias by Giacomo Puccini while Simonetta entertained
guests with the life story about Giacomo Puccini.
12 - 19 November, Santa Barbara, California
Simonetta Puccini has been guest of honor in Santa Barbara for the 150°
anniversary of the Giacomo Puccini's birth. She was present at a concert at the
Theatre recently opened with the italian consule Nicola Faganello.
19 october, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
of the book "L’Universo di Puccini da Le Villi a Turandot" by Alberto Cantù and
introduction by Simonetta Puccini, Zecchini Editore Varese. Alberto Cantù
and Alfredo Mandelli explained the book.
16 August, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
Visit by the soprano Cristina Gallardo Domas: she sang as Fidelia, in the
performance of the opera Edgar (1889) at the Puccini Festival.
2 August, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
Meeting with the soprano
Gigliola Frazzoni and Mario Fedrigo to present the book "Gigliola Frazzoni - La
Fanciulla del West di Mario Fedrigo", Costa Editor, Bologna 2007 and the
possibility of listening to a cd of Fanciulla del West recorded at the
Alla Scala Theatre in Milan sang by Gigliola Frazzoni, Franco Corelli, Tito
18 - 27 July, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
“Giacomo Puccini…compositore, personaggio e mito” by Stefano Fusinato.
13 July, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
“omaggio a Giacomo Puccini", with pucciniana music: M° Marco Transatti conducted
the chorus “Giacomo Puccini”, accompanied by professor Pieto Castellari at
the piano and with the soprano Kaori Imamura.
5 July, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
“Turandot fra ritualità e fiaba” by M° Francesco Attardi and presention of the
book for children "Turandot, la principessa di ghiaccio" by Paramica
editor with exhibiton of the illustrations by Stefania Pravato.
15 June, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
Visit by the Minister of
20 April - 2 June, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
Exhibiton "Lina Rosso.
Da Venezia a Torre del Lago" sposor by the Comitato delle Celebrazioni
Pucciniane and by Provincia di Lucca with free entrance. The catalogue was
edited by Giovanna Bacci di Capaci and Simonetta Puccini with the presentation
by Vittorio Sgarbi. Coordination secretary Patrizia Mavilla.
16 April, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
of the Puccini Museum by the princess Catherine Aga Khan.
14 -15 March, Comune di Piacenza e Castellarquato
The towns of
Piacenza and Castellarquatopromoted the meeting "towards Tosca: Luigi Illica in
the european culture of the second half o the 800" , sponsored by the
emila-Romagna regionin the occasionof the 150° anniversaryof the birth of
Giacomo Puccini. Honor guests Raina Kabaivanska and Simonetta Puccini.
12 March, Parma
of the Giacomo Puccini school in Parma organized by the Lions Club Parma and
sponsored by the Parma town, with an exhibiton about the Puccini's life. In the
eveningthere has been a concert with the soprano Paola Sanguinetti and the arpa
palyer Davide Burlali.
25 January, Boston
Simonetta Puccini was a guest of the New England Conservatory, where, on Jan.
27, Jordan in the hall, there was the concert "Salute to Giacomo Puccini on his
150th Birthday". The founder and artistic director, Tatyana Dudochkin organized
the event where Simonetta Puccini has spoken with Ron Della Chiesa, presenter of
12 February, Torre Del Lago, Spazio Puccini
Presentation of the volume "Quaderni pucciniani" published by the Istituto of
Studies Pucciniani in cooperation with the association Friends of the houses of
Giacomo Puccini and the Foundation Simonetta Puccini. The volume "Puccini Intimo",
contained in the "Quaderni Puccinani", is important for the knowledge of
Giacomo Puccini, especially on the first period of life in Torre del Lago.
1 - 5 February, Berlin
Within the Festival Puccini, to the Deutsche Oper, Simonetta Puccini has
assisted to the representations de The trittico, Madama Butterfly and of The
girl of the golden West.
6 February, Lucca
Sentence of the Court of Lucca has prepared the restitution of the christmas
house of Giacomo Puccini in Poggio street in Lucca to Simonetta Puccini.
The cause was initiated in the 1999.
11 March, Adro
Simonetta Puccini has assisted to the representation of "The rights of the soul"
of Joseph Giocosa, regal of Pietro Arrigoni to Adro (Brescia) within the
demonstrations of the centennial of the death of Joseph Giacosa.
1 April, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
At 15:30 there has projected the tape "The lake of Massaciuccoli: present and
future" by Gianni Matteucci on the occasion of the visit of the association
Friends of the House Verdi in the Puccini's Villa-mausoleum. In this tape the
first phases of the construction of the new theater (dejected trees and pylons
in the lake) appears.
26 May, Milan
Polemic intervention of Simonetta Puccini at the presentation of the Concert
2006 "Giacomo Puccini Secondo Atto", at the alla Scala Theatre in Milan at
first she has thanked the National Committee for the Celebrations Pucciniane,
presided by Bruno Ermolli and those who collaborated (the alderman of the
Culture in Milan, Stephen Zecchi) to the realization of the second appointment
of the Gran Theatre to the open one of Torre del lago, fixed on June 18th.
Later, Simonetta has replied critically to the assessora to the Culture of
Viareggio, Cristina Boncompagni, who had announced the project of the
construction of a new, great Theatre in Torre del Lago, situated on the
peninsula of the Torbieres and near the house Mausoleum of Puccini, able 3.200
places, within 2008, in time to entertain the forth and last Concert of
the tetralogia pucciniana conducted by Riccardo Chailly, with the
orchestra Filarmonica and to the Choir of the alla Scala Theatre.
15 July, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
At 18:00, there has been the lecture "The emigration lucchese during the great
exodus (1870 -1920) and Michele Puccini." Dr. Valerio Cecchetti, president of
the association Friends Lucchesi in the World and the prof. Michele Bianchi
talked also about Michele Puccini, brother of Giacomo Puccini, emigrated in
Argentina in 1890 and here died the following year. Silvano Tofani has
intervened at the meeting as Anthony's child, figurinaio of Benabbio who
participated, with the company of the figurinais, to the funerals of Puccini to
Bruxelles in November 1924.
20 July, Viareggio
At 21:00 Simonetta Puccini has been interviewed inside the cultural
demonstration "Viareggio Incontri" near the Prince of Piemonte, Viareggio.
5 August, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
Norma Fantini, soprano and interpreter of Tosca at the Festival Puccini,
visiting the Museum wrote on the book of the guests: "The emotion in this house
is unique. You feel the composer Puccini, you feel his presence in the theaters
of the whole world where I have had the fortune to perform his stupendous music.
With immense affection."
26 August, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
At 18:00 conference "America seen by two librettistis of Puccini": presentation
of the volumes "New York" (1884) by Ferdinando Fontana and Dario Papa, and
"Impressions of America" (1899) by Joseph Giacosa. Prof Stefano Ragni,
teacher of the Perugia university for foreigners, introduced Bianca
Maria Longoni, author of a thesis about Ferdinando Fontana and German Peritore
author of the volume "Joseph Giacosa: from the castles canavesani to the
American dream" Ananke edition, Turin 2006.
2 September, Ivrea
Simonetta Puccini has participated, within the conference "Giacosa and the
poetry for music", in the theater Giacosa of Ivrea, to the celebrations for the
centennial of the death of the writer.
6 September, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
A particularly touching episode has been the visit to the villa of two Danish
tourists, who got married on September 3rd in front of the Theater in
Copenaghen where they met for the first time, and deposed the nuptial bouquet on
composer Puccini's grave.
30 September, Torre del Lago, Spazio Puccini
At 17:00 in collaboration with the Foundation Simonetta Puccini, with the
contribution of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmo di Lucca and the patronage of
the National Committee for the Celebrations Pucciniane has been performed the
composition "Dios y Patria", in European preview, in a concert
conducted by M° Gianfranco Cosmi, soprano Maria Luisa Borsi, tenor Tiziano
Barbafiera and choir of the white voices of the Chapel of Saint Cecilia of Lucca
directed by Sarah Matteucci. The composition " Dios y Patria" was composed
by Giacomo Puccini during his in Buenos Aires and the Argentinian researchers
Gustavo Gabriel Otero and Daniel Varacalli Costas reconstructed the stay of
Puccini in Buenos Aires in the volume "Puccini in Argentina, June-August 1905"
shown up at Torre del Lago with the introduction of Stephen Ragni, teacher to
the university for foreigners of Perugia.
1 October, Lucca, auditorium Istituto Musicale L. Boccherini
At 17.00, in collaboration with the Foundation Simonetta Puccini, the
contribution of the Foundation Cassa Risparmio di Lucca , the patronage of the
Comune of Lucca and the National Committee for the Celebrations Pucciniane, the
composition "Dios y Patria" has been performed in the Auditorium of the Suffrage
church in the Musical institute L. Boccherini.
5 October, Karlovy Vary
Simonetta Puccini and a delegation of Viareggio have participated to
the promotional tour of the city to Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic, on the
occasion of the conclusive day of the 39° Tour Film 2006, the cinema film
festival, with documentaries and video on tourism. During the final day of the
Tour Film, Simonetta Puccini has participated to a concert of music pucciniane
organized by the Foundation Festival Pucciniano and to a gastronomic evening
with the products typical of Viareggio. During the Gala Award, Gianfrancesco
Parenti and Simonetta Puccini have been invited on the stage where Simonetta has
spoken of the figure of Giacomo Puccini. Simonetta has visited with a lot of
interest the city where in 1912 the composer also stayed.
28 October, Finlandia, Jarvenpaa
On initiative of the Italian ambassador in Finland, the collaboration of the
institute of Italian culture in Helsinki, the mayor of Jarvenpaa, the Simonetta
Puccini Foundation and of the Sibelius academy, in Jarveenpaa, where it rises to
Ainola the house-museum of Sibelius, has been organized the seminar
"Puccini-Torre del lago/ Sibelius - Ainola". Idea born in the April 2005 in the
Italian embassy in Helsinki where Simonetta Puccini has met the ambassador Ugo
de Mohr and the mayor of Jarvenpaa. The composer's niece submitted to the arch.
Maximum Carli to illustrate the architectural aspects of the villa and the
musicologist Michael Bianchi to illustrate the aspects of the personality of
29 November, Torre del Lago, Museo Puccini
The Puccini Museum has reopened to public with free entrance, after the
restoration of the pictorial decoration of the stairs inside the Puccini
Museum, on the occasion of the day of the 82° anniversary of the
disappearance of the composer. At 15:00 Simonetta Puccini have welcomed the
visitors and driven them in the Museum, after the deposition of the laurel crown
to the composer's statue on the square Belvedere. At 15:30 in the Puccini Space
has been projected the dvd of the work Manon Lescaut directed by James Levi
with Placido Domingo and Renata Scotto, orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Theatre in New York.
9 December, San Giuliano Terme
Simonetta Puccini has participated as guest of honor at the demonstration
"Challenge of Christmas 2006" in St. Giuliano Terme and in Villa
Corliano di Rigoli, organized by the association The Riders of Pisa and reserved
to the owners of Porsche & Ferrari.
25 June, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
At 18, presentation of the volume "Tosca's Prism", edited by Northeastern
University Press in Boston, authors Susan Vandiver Nicassio, Agostino Zino and
Deborah Burton which has introduced the volume which picks up the contributions
of numerous researchers who, in 2000 (centenary of the work), have participated
to conference in Rome.
16 July, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
At 18, presentation of the volume Lina Cavalieri, "the most beautiful woman of
the world", her life (1875 -1944)" by Franco Di Guy, Ianieri editor. The
biography has been introduced by Professor Umberto Russo, teacher of Italian
literature in the Chieti university and by the M° Alfredo Mandelli musicologist
of the Institute of Studies Pucciniani. It has been introduced also by the
author. At the end some passages of the work have been read by the
actor Arnaldo Ninchi.
27 July, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
in the garden of the Puccini Museum, reading show, by the cultural association
"Odeia" from Florence based on the text of the comedy "The Girl of the Golden
West" by David's Belasco. To this text Puccini was inspired for his/her work.
The musicologo Dr. Vincent Ramon has introduced the reading of the
theatrical text of which he has taken care of the translation. Characters and
interpreters have been Minnie, Monica Menchi, Johnson, Paul Bussagli, Rance,
Andrea Amos Niccolini, Nick, Roberto Granucci, Ashby. Francis De Muro Fiocco,
Sonora, Vincent Esposito Ziello, the Narrator and Zeno Renzi, director Monica
Menchi. The music, drawn by the work of Puccini, have been performed by the
pianist Francesca Maggini.
20 August, Torre del lago, Spazio Puccini
At 18, in the garden of the splendid and ample just restored room
adjacent the Museum, the new monograph about Puccini (edition Fayard
2005)has been introduced. The author the famous musicologist and writer Marcel
Marnat introduced it. The presentation of the professor Enzo Restagno of the
Torino university and the professor Stephen Ragni of the Perugia university for
foreigners. For the occasion, the corporate body for the Tourism of Lucca has
offered a rich sideboard of products of the Garfagnana. The numerous guests have
participated with great satisfaction and interest.
21 August, Torre del Lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
At 18:30, the M° Alfredo Mandelli and Professor Stefano Ragni have spoken about
"the metamorphosis of the butterfly", in the centennial of the work Madama
Butterfly. To remember and to inform about the centennial, in the kitchen
in the Museum, a small angle has been prepared as "Japanese" with exposure of
9 October, Torre del lago, Spazio Puccini
On the occasion of the National conference of the ANFACI, of the Italian
Prefects, a photographic exhibition, organized in Lucca by the marquis Gerardo
Mansi, has been presented in Torre del lago on October 9th.
29 November, Church if saint Joseph, Torre del Lago
Concert on the occasion of the day of the death of Giacomo Puccini, on the 29th
November: in the evening, in the church of St. Joseph the Grosseto
orchestra, directed by M° Biancalana you/he/she has performed the Messa di
Gloria: the public, numerous has appreciated the execution as it showed the
roaring goal applause for the execution.
27 July, Torre del lago, Giacomo Puccini Museum
Presentation of the volume: "Madama Butterfly" by Davide Pizzigoni, the
author and by Rossana Bossaglia.
23 August, Lucca, Cathedral of saint Martino
During the lecture there have been a concert with the performance for the first
time of the two editions of the cantata "I figli d’Italia bella-Cessato il suon
dell’armi" edited by Decca with the director Riccardo Chailly's and by
Bongiovanni of Bologna directed by Gianfranco Cosmi. This cantata, the
first composition written by Giacomo, recently found by Simonetta Puccini and by
Monsignor Emilio Maggini, known researcher of the music of the ancestors of
Puccini and of the same Puccini, has been performed for the first time in
the world the 6th June 2003 in the Cathedral St. Martin in Lucca and the 8th of
the same month in the church of St. Joseph in Torre del Lago. Monsignor Maggini,
M° Alfredo Mandelli and Professor Stefano Ragni have happened to the analysis of
such work. Among the public someone has suggested that the composition becomes
the Italian national hymn.
6 October, Giacomo Puccini Museum, Torre del Lago P.,
The orchestra "Casale musica", coming from Basilea, has dedicated the execution
of the elegy "Chrysanthemums" to Puccini which was written in
1890 for the death of the Prince Amedeo Ferdinando Maria di Savoia Duca d'Aosta.
A small public of relatives of the musicians, of viareggini and of
torrellaghesi, has listened to the execution with respect and attention.
1 August, Lucca, Cappella di S. Cecilia
At 19:00 Monsignor Magginis, artistic manager of the of the Lucca cathedral, has
spoken on "Family Puccini. The musicians ancestors Giacomo's Puccini . M°
Gianfranco Cosmi has intervened.
8 August, Torre del Lago
At 21:00 Massimo Schinco, psychologist and psychotherapist, has introduced the
volume "Or divine beauty...or wonder" of Massimo Schinco (Carabà ed.).
Michele Bianchi has intervened. Projection of an unpublished tape of the funeral
of Giacomo Puccini (November 29 th 1926 in Torre del Lago)
25 August, Torre del lago
At 19:00 prof. Stefano Ragni of the university of the Studies of Perugia,
has spoken on "in defense of Franco Alfano." M° Alfredo Mandelli of the
institute of Studies Pucciniani in Milani has intervened.