LUCCA, 18 JULY  – 31 JULY 2022

In no other place than Lucca could the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival have been created and swiftly establish itself on an international level.

Lucca is the city of music, which gave birth to extraordinary musicians and composers such as Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini and Alfredo Catalani, and became the place where the talent of the most famous interpreter of virtuoso and romantic music, Niccolò Paganini, thrived and flourished in the early nineteenth century. It is in Lucca that Paganini first fell in love, became a maestro, mastered his art and acquired fame. Today, Lucca has become the setting of a festival of international resonance, in which teaching, competitions and art music are all harmoniously modulated, over the course of a two- week long event. 

After 6 years from its inception, more than 700 Students and internationally acclaimed Professors have chosen the Festival as their expressive space.

The 7th Edition of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival will celebrate the beautiful experiences from 2021, returning to a completely Live and “in-person” Edition, immersed in the magnificent territory of the lands of Tuscany.

Experience a journey through the province of Lucca, on the footsteps of Maestro Giacomo Puccini. Step into the enchanting atmosphere of the places where he lived and composed his opera masterpieces, famous all over the world.
The lands of Giacomo Puccini represent  Lucca, with its rich cultural heritage, precious craftmanship, never-ending beaches of the Versilia coast and many top-quality music and opera Festivals like Virtuoso & Belcanto.


Permanent Manifesto

“The richness of great music is inexhaustible, and the performer should try to react to each single case with a fresh and unbiased mind.”

Alfred Brendel – July 2020

The great Maestro Alfred Brendel sent a letter to fellow musicians, professors and students of Virtuoso & Belcanto in July 2020. It contains words that fully represent the teaching methods and values that have characterised the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival since its inception. For this reason, the Festival’s Artistic Director, maestro Riccardo Cecchetti, made them the Permanent Manifesto of Virtuoso & Belcanto.

Click here to read the Manifesto

Teatro del Giglio

Piazza del Giglio 13/15
55100 Lucca – Italy