NEW GREAT OPEN AIR THEATRE
New Puccini Open Air Theatre in Versilia
The New Great Open Air Theatre has been inaugurated on May 15th 2008 in Torre del Lago Puccini and it is necessary to go back to late 1921, more than 80 years ago, to really understand the importance and symbolic meaning of this project, first of all considering the meaning that this places had in life and artistic experience of master Puccini.
It was in fact, in 1921 and after a considerable lapse of time (30 years), that Puccini was forced to leave Torre del Lago, his personal piece of paradise, because of the peat-mining onset, which caused noise and bad smell inside the area. He moved in a villa very close to the beach in Viareggio.
The Parco della Musica of Giacomo Puccini and the New Great Open Air Theatre together, have been projected to be one of the most important centre for culture, and represent with no doubts, one of most remarkable project of last decades in Tuscany. They arise from a unique case consisting in using old areas and places one time dedicated to industry, in order to create places connected to music, performances and contemporary art, to safeguard and increase the value of such places where one of the most important composers of music history, usually found his inspiration.
The new theatre is located inside an area of 245.000 mq, delimited by the Massaciuccoli lake, the piazzale Belvedere (in front of Villa Puccini) and the small village of Torre del Lago.
The new theatre area covers a surface of 6.600 mq, where the arena capacity is 3.200 and the Auditorium's 495 spectators. It is made of cement, wood and crystal and provided with high quality, sophisticated technologies.
It is a sort of artists theatre dedicated to the biggest musician of the 20th century.
It is located inside a big green space and collects within its framework, several important works by painters and sculptors who took part in the "Scolpire l'Opera" project.
The Music Park will host also some specific areas prepared by important contemporary artists and used to promote and celebrate Puccini's operas.