In the height of summer, when the heat of the day has given way to comfortable evening temperatures, opera lovers gather is some of the most fascinating venues the region has to offer. Whether in the roofless abbey at San Galgano, in the lakeside open-air theatre near the home of Giacomo Puccini or on the cathedral steps of San Gimignano, people gather to enjoy acclaimed performers raise their voices to a night sky.
Performances take place in a variety of venues, such as these:
San Galgano Festival – Early July - mid-August
The roofless San Galgano Abbey has wonderful acoustics
After 400 years of importance as a medieval monastery, the San
Galgano Abbey is now a splendid ruin – and Operas performed at San
Galgano have included: Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow and a
Gala evening of operatic arias. In 2018 the program expanded to feature other types of music as well - have a look at the latest program here.
Puccini Festival – July 14 – August 19
Puccini Festival venue on the Lake shore
Celebrating 115 years since its first Festival concert, this past year at
Torre del Lago on the shores of Lake Massacciuccoli the Festival offered Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème and Trittico. Click Puccini Festival for programme and details of the 2019 festival.
Opera Galà 2017 – San Gimignano from June to September
As part of the San Gimignano Estate 2018, in the ancient city of
towers in the Parco della Rocca di Montestaffoli, the Operà Galà begins
at 9 p.m. and from late June to mid-September features the music of Verdi's La Traviata. To see
what else is happening in San Gimignano click the Calendar of events.
Lirica in Piazza - Massa Marittima in early August
Massa Marittima's cathedral, music and the night sky
For four dramatic days in August the cathedral in Massa Marittima serves as a striking venue for operas whose orchestra is tucked into the cathedral steps while opera lovers take in ancient architecture, beloved arias and a starry sky. The 2018 season featured Verdi's Il Trovatore, Bizet's Carmen, Puccini's Suor Angelica, and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.