“We are really happy to find our audience again after this long, dark period. In the time that has passed, we have never stopped working, keeping ourselves ready, every day, to face the changes and unpredictable fate linked to the Covid emergency. We will not be able to stage the programme already announced in March, but the new dates and shows we present will be able to guarantee the safety of all, as well as, of course, the artistic quality and excellence that distinguish the event. I am a convinced proponent of the life-giving power of culture and my wish is for a rapid return to the restorative beauty of Art in all its many expressions.” (Giorgio Ferrara)
The 63rd edition of the Festival of Two Worlds takes place from 20 to 23 and from 27 to 30 August.
Eight extraordinary evenings in Piazza Duomo and at the Roman Theatre, featuring Italian artists by the international relevance for a special edition by the high symbolic value.
Showcase of excellence for great artists and young emerging talents, “workshop” of original creations, the Festival opens again this year with a new production, Thursday, August 20 in Piazza Duomo. Pier Luigi Pizzi is responsible for the direction, sets and costumes of Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, a work that after more than four centuries remains a point of reference for those who continue to believe in the cultural and spiritual value of this musical genre, a fable in music that touches on universal themes of indisputable topicality. Ottavio Dantone directs the Accademia Bizantina, Antonio Greco directs the Coro Costanzo Porta. On stage a cast of young and talented singers and dancers. The lighting design is by Massimo Gasparon, the choreography by Gino Potente.
On Friday 21st August at the Roman Theatre, Emma Dante will stage I Messaggeri, a show-concert based on Euripides and Sophocles, with songs and music by Fratelli Mancuso. A tale that brings together the messengers of Greek tragedies with our contemporary messengers, bearers of grief and mourning. A co-production Spoleto63 and Associazione Culturale Atto Unico.
Love is the protagonist of Silvia Colasanti‘s third work after Minotauro and Proserpine, inspired by the classic Myth and commissioned by the Festival: Ariadne, Phaedra, Dido, three monodramas for Actress, Female Choir and Orchestra on a text from Ovid’s Epistulae Heroidum, in Piazza Duomo on Saturday, August 22. Isabella Ferrari plays all three women, tracing a wonderful fresco of the female universe. Adaptation and translation by René De Ceccatty. Roberto Abbado conducts the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Gea Garatti conducts the International Opera Choir. The lighting design is by Fiammetta Baldiserri.
Impeccable technique and uncommon interpretative qualities characterize the young Salento pianist Beatrice Rana, world famous star in the world of international classical music. Awarded Abbiati as best soloist in 2016, she performs for the audience of Spoleto in an exceptional piano concert, with music by Chopin. Albéniz and Ravel, at the Roman Theatre on Sunday, August 23rd.
The second weekend of the Festival opens on Thursday, August 27 at the Roman Theatre with the memory of the greatest voice of the 20th Century. Monica Bellucci in Maria Callas Lettere e Memorie, live for the first time on an Italian stage, literally plays the role of the singer. In the reconstructed living room of the Parisian house where Callas spent her last years, she plays Maria, the woman beyond the diva, revealing her true story, through autobiographical writings, archive materials and the music she loved. Texts and direction are by Tom Volf.
In co-production with the Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, the Festival presents, on Friday 28th August in Piazza Duomo, Le Creature di Prometeo|Le Creature di Capucci. The music of Le Creature di Prometeo by Ludwig van Beethoven, his only work born for ballet, in a new meeting with the stylistic sign of the Italian fashion maestro Roberto Capucci, who creates, for this concert in scenic form, 15 costumes by the extraordinary visual impact. Prometheus, ancient and rebellious titan, brings us back to our days and reminds us of a humanity to be rebuilt. Andrea Battisoni conducts the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. The choreographic movements are by Simona Bucci. Curated by Daniele Cipriani.
On Saturday 29th August at the Roman Theatre, Luca Zingaretti reads LA SIRENA from Lighea, a tale by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, a small and fascinating jewel published posthumously in 1961 for Feltrinelli; though set in cold Turin, the warmth of Sicily emerges with vigour. The dramaturgy is by Luca Zingaretti, the music by Germano Mazzocchetti.
Spoleto63 ends on Sunday 30th August with the traditional Final Concert in Piazza Duomo. Riccardo Muti conducts the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. No one better than him can transmit a strong signal of rebirth and love through the rigour and depth of his music and his innate ability to unify the souls of the whole world in the sign of culture.
After Fabrizio Ferri and David LaChapelle, photographer Paolo Roversi is the author of the image that will symbolize and guide the communication of the 63rd edition of the Festival. An image, rigorously in black and white, that portrays the shadow of actress Adriana Asti in a dramatic gesture on the steps of the Roman Theatre of Spoleto and enhances the indissoluble bond between past and present. www.festivaldispoleto.com