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The training course “Puccini Interpretations” is aimed at young talents and artists from Italy and abroad and aims to expand knowledge, technique and interpretative aspects of Giacomo Puccini’s works.

A week of intensive study, both individual and collective, with lessons held personally by the soprano Raina Kabaivanska to improve vocal, musical and scenic. The lessons will be accompanied by the valuable collaboration of the soprano from Lucca Silvana Froli and master Otello Visconti and supported by partner Accademia Musicale della Versilia.

Participants will stay in single rooms in the ex-convent CONvictUS, located in the historic center of Lucca, where the activities of workshops and moments of conviviality will take place.

During the workshop participants will live a unique journey to discover the places that formed Giacomo Puccini while experiencing the atmosphere in which the composer used to seek calm and concentration to write his works.

12.08 Monday

Arrivals and accommodation of all guests. Presentation and information activities.

Interview with Raina Kabaivanska.

13.08 Tuesday

Intervention of the soprano Silvana Froli on “Lucca: terra di Giacomo Puccini”. The morning will continue with the first group lesson by Raina Kabaivanska.

In the afternoon the individual lessons will begin and at the same time the first part of the lesson on “Stage Art” will take place. At the end of the day there will be a guided tour of the Museo Casa Natale Puccini in Lucca.

14.08 Wednesday

“La poetica di Giacomo Puccini: gli animi dei protagonisti” will open the third day of work. This will be followed by a group lesson. After lunch the individual lessons with Raina Kabaivanska continue, while the second part of the lesson on “Stage Art” will follow.

15.08 Thursday

The “Body Relaxation Techniques” workshop. Individual lessons. In the afternoon, during the individual lessons, the preparations for the public performance will begin in parallel.

16.08 Friday

“Giacomo Puccini: Man” is the theme of the morning speech. Individual and group lessons will follow.

The day will end in the secret garden of the CONvictUS with a performance of the workshop participants open to the public.

17.08 Saturday

Group lesson. In the afternoon visit to Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago and in the evening we will attend the performance of Turandot in the Gran Teatro all’aperto of Torre del Lago during the 65th Puccini Festival.

18.08 Sunday

Conclusion of the works and delivery of the works.

The program and times may vary slightly depending on the needs and the progress of the workshop.

RAINA KABAIVANSKA graduated in singing and piano at the Sofia Conservatory and in 1957 made her debut at the Bulgarian National Opera in the same city in Eugenio Onieghin by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij.

In 1958 she received a scholarship from the Bulgarian government to study singing in Italy, where she was trained by Zita Fumagalli Riva. In 1959 she made her debut in Giacomo Puccini’s Tabarro in Vercelli.

Established permanently in Modena, since 1960 she has performed in major theaters around the world, including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Her repertoire is vast and includes Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Cilea, Gluck, Britten, Janacek, in a continuous search in over 55 years of uninterrupted career, for new characters and new musical challenges. She is famous for her 400 performances of Tosca and 400 performances of Butterfly.

She was in the limelight until the early years of the 21st century, then devoted herself to teaching at the Accademia di Musica Chigiana in Siena, the Istituto Musicale Vecchi-Tonelli in Modena and the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. She is also a judge of several prestigious competitions around the world.


International opera awards: Vincenzo Bellini (1965), Viotti d’Oro (1970), Puccini (1978), Luigi Illica (1979), Claudio Monteverdi (1980), the Accademia Medici – Lorenzo il Magnifico award, Florence (1990), the Grand Prix ‘Una vita dedicata alla musica’, Venice (2000).

Full Price

€ 2,200.00 + VAT

(€ 2.684,00 + VAT included)

Registration € 400 (€ 488 VAT included) – deadline 31/07/2019

Workshop fee € 2.196,00 (VAT included) – to be paid before 06/08/2019


Before 15/07/2019

Early booking price

€ 1,950.00 + VAT

(€ 2.379,00 VAT included)

Registration € 400 (€ 488 VAT included) – deadline 15/07/2019

Workshop fee € 1.891,00 (VAT included) – to be paid before 31/07/2019


The price includes:

– Staying at the CONvictUS in a single room with breakfast

– Lunches and dinners at the CONvictUS with typical Tuscan food tastings

– Workshop “Puccinian Interpretations” with Raina Kabaivanska

– Final public performance

– Certificate of participation in the LEA Workshop

– Guided tour of Lucca

– Guided tour of the Giacomo Puccini Birthplace Museum

– A tuscany special dinner in exclusive location

– WiFi service


You can pay by credit card or bank transfer


Where and when will the workshop start?

The workshop will take place from Monday, August 12 to Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the CONvictUS, via della Zecca 41, Lucca.
On Monday the course will start at 15.00 and will end on Sunday at 12.00 with lunch included.
Participants will be accommodated with full board at the CONvictUS in single rooms.

Why is it better to register now?

We adopt an early booking policy so, if you register now, you have two fundamental advantages:
– buy your ticket at the most advantageous rate possible
– you’ re sure that you can participate, given the 20 limited and exclusive tickets
The later you sign up, the higher the price of the participation fee and the risk of not finding a ticket.

What happens if I sign up and then find out I can no longer participate?

If you are unable to participate, please write to info@luccaexperientia.it within 15 days from the start of the workshop.
In this way you can: replace yourself by someone else or use the fee paid by participating in another workshop of Lucca Experientia Artis organized in summer 2019 or by summer 2020.
Your credit is always 100% guaranteed.

Why should I suggest to my friends to participate with me?

The joint participation of a working group allows you to increase the sharing of ideas during the experience and produces a greater harmony of the group that amplifies efficiency and productivity. In addition, the comparison and exchange of opinions between colleagues on the content covered during the workshop allows an easier way to memorize and apply techniques and methods learned.
In addition to the early booking discounts, group discounts are also available, so that more people can take advantage of the final participation fee.