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Puccini Museum in Lucca

The birthplace of the great composer in the city’s historic center

I’m honoured to have played Puccini’s own Steinway Grand Piano at the Puccini museum yesterday, which is situated at his actual place of birth, in an ancient building in the heart of Lucca. Puccini composed ‘Turandot’ on this very piano, so it felt fitting to play an excerpt of ‘Nessun Dorma’, one of the operas most famous arias. By kind permission of the Puccini Museum, Lucca, Italy

Pubblicato da Alexis Ffrench su Giovedì 10 agosto 2017
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