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“Puccini according to Muti” was presented today in Rome, at the Ministry of Culture, the concert directed by Maestro Riccardo Muti which will be held on Friday 28 June 2024 in Lucca, on the prestigious stage set up at the Historic Walls and included in the celebrations of Puccini’s centenary.

Maestro Muti will celebrate the genius of Giacomo Puccini, an Italian composer loved throughout the world, by conducting the “Cherubini” Orchestra formed exceptionally, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of its foundation, by 120 musicians who will accompany the performances of the opera singers.

The event will be broadcast worldwide on Rai3 from 9.20 pm.

The press conference was attended by: the Undersecretary for Culture, Gianmarco Mazzi; the mayor of Lucca, Mario Pardini; the president of the Teatro del Giglio, Giorgio Angelo Lazzarini and the Director of Rai Cultura, Silvia Calandrelli.

“The Ministry of Culture supports and enhances the Opera which represents an important tool for spreading our language. ‘Puccini according to Muti’ will be the central event of the Puccini celebrations – explained Undersecretary Mazzi – Maestro Riccardo Muti will conduct the best musicians formed, over the last twenty years, by the Cherubini Orchestra. An initiative that comes a few days after the event “The Great Italian Opera, a World Heritage Site” which was held at the Verona Arena and which achieved an extraordinary success of audience with almost three million viewers”.

“The collaboration between the Ministry of Culture and Rai Cultura is truly fruitful – underlined the Director of Rai Cultura, Silvia Calandrelli – We have the responsibility of bringing beauty into the homes of Italians and ‘Puccini according to Muti’ falls into that order of events collectibles that will remain in the history of our culture.”

“I am enthusiastic about the choice of the Historic Walls of Lucca as an exceptional stage for the concert event, our history can be felt there – said the Mayor of Lucca, Mario Pardini – For us it is a truly important occasion and as a city we have been working for months to celebrate our greatest ambassador.”

“It is right to pay homage to a very important figure for Italian culture and beyond – concluded the President of the Teatro del Giglio, Giorgio Angelo Lazzarini – It will be an unmissable event, a milestone in opera music”.

The artists, chosen by Maestro Muti, are the sopranos Eleonora Buratto, Lidia Fridman, Mariangela Sicilia and the tenors Luciano Ganci, Dmitry Korchak and Francesco Meli.

The arias that will be performed are: Symphonic Preludio – Un bel dì vedirò from Madama Butterfly (soprano, Eleonora Buratto); Recondita armonia da Tosca (tenor, Luciano Ganci); Che gelidanina from La bohème (tenor, Dmitry Korchak); I lived on art from Tosca (soprano, Eleonora Buratto); Ch’ella mi creda from La fanciulla del West (tenor, Francesco Meli); Duet O soave fanciulla from La bohème (soprano Mariangela Sicilia, tenor Dmitry Korchak); Donde lieta from La bohème (soprano, Mariangela Sicilia); Senza mamma by Sister Angelica (soprano, Lidia Fridman); And the stars shone from Tosca (tenor, Luciano Ganci); You who are surrounded by gel by Turandot (soprano, Eleonora Buratto); Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut; Fourth Act from Manon Lescaut (soprano Lidia Fridman, tenor Francesco Meli).

The Concert is organized by the Promoting Committee of the Puccini Celebrations, established by the Presidency of the Council in 2022, in participation with the Municipality of Lucca and the Teatro del Giglio and in collaboration with Rai Cultura, SIAE, LuccaSummerFestival and “D’Alessandro e Galli”.


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