Puccini Opera Gala

On the 100th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini The Festival welcomes the Orchestra of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago. Having toured throughout Europe, Asia and the United States with particular highlights including a Puccini Marathon in Japan with stagings of Madama Butterfly in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagasaki, and of Turandot in Beijing, it has brought together artists from Italy, Japan and China. This gala concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini, and features soprano Valeria Sepe, and tenor Star Francesco Meli.

Arab World Premiere 

CO-PRESENTED BY ABU DHABI FESTIVAL, THE EMBASSY OF ITALY IN UAE AND THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

PROGRAMME

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Preludio Sinfonico

O mio babbino caro, from Gianni Schicchi

Ch’ella mi creda, from La Fanciulla del West

Intermezzo, from Suor Angelica

Un bel di vedremo, from Madama Butterfly

La Tregenda, from Le Villi

Torna ai felici dì, from Le Villi

Intermezzo, from Manon Lescaut

Donna non vidi mai, from Manon Lescaut

Si, mi chiamano Mimi, from La Bohème

O soave fanciulla, from La Bohème

Capriccio Sinfonico

E lucevan le stelle, from Tosca

Mario, Mario…Son qui, from Tosca

Vissi d'arte, from Tosca‍

ARTISTS

Puccini Festival Orchestra 

Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli, Conductor

Valeria Sepe, Soprano

Francesco Meli, Tenor

The Orchestra of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago were formed for the festival performances of operas by Puccini, in Italy and abroad.They have undertaken important tours throughout Europe, Asia and the United States with a repertoire ranging from the baroque to the twentieth century. Particularly notable have been stagings of Madama Butterfly in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagasaki, and of Turandot in Beijing, with a new finale by the Chinese composer Hao Weiya. The connection with Japan has continued with a Puccini Marathon in 2007 and 2008, bringing collaboration between Italian and Japanese artists. The Orchestra and Chorus have been directed at Torre del Lago by a distinguished list of musicians, including Placido DomingoYoel LeviAlberto VeronesiClaudio ScimoneKeri Lynn WilsonJulian KovatchevLaurence Gilgore, and Stewart Robertson.