64th Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds

Budapest Festival Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in residence.
The artistic project presented to the Foundation’s Board. Director Monique Veaute at work on the 2021 playbill.

Yesterday the artistic director of the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Monique Veaute, illustrated the artistic project and the guidelines that will characterise her mandate to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, chaired by the Spoleto mayor Umberto de Augustinis, as well as the work plan that will lead to the definition of the 2021 programme in the coming weeks.

Veaute stressed the international importance of the oldest performing arts festival in Italy and recalled the visionary intuition of Gian Carlo Menotti, Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1955, who established the event in 1958, turning the city of Spoleto into the most innovative centre of performing arts in all its manifestations.

«The Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds will continue to be the great multidisciplinary festival as it was in the 20th century with opera, concerts, prose, dance, performing arts. The scheduled shows will be built starting from the magnificent places that host them, and the whole city of Spoleto will be part of a great shared artistic project.».

Music, all kinds of music, will return to the heart of the Festival, with a proposal that ranges from classical to contemporary, from baroque to electronic, and includes symphonic and chamber concerts, opera productions, multimedia installations and live performances. The artistic director has also announced the signing of two important five-year collaboration agreements concerning the music programme: the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer and the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano will be orchestras in residence at the Festival for the next five seasons, a fundamental step towards new, original productions.

In a morning online press conference, artistic director Monique Veaute, conductor Iván Fischer, President of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Michele Dall’Ongaro, conductor Antonio Pappano, along with the President of the Fondazione Festival di Spoleto Umberto de Augustinis, offered some previews of the programme.

The two prestigious symphonic ensembles, recently included among the ten best world orchestras by BBC Music Magazine, are entrusted with the opening and closing concerts of the 64th edition of the Festival of Two Worlds, on Friday 25 June and Saturday 10 July 2021. Iván Fischer, who recalled Giancarlo Menotti as member of the jury in one of the competitions that paved Fischer’s way in conducting, will conduct the Budapest Festival Orchestra in the opening concert, offering pages by French composers such as Milhaud, Satie and Ravel. Conductor Antonio Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia are entrusted with the grand finale dreaming of the One Thousand and One Nights between Rossini, Fazil Say and Rimsky-Korsakov. At the centre, a rich programme of chamber concerts, recitals and musical theatre entrusted to the two teams.
The full calendar of the event, which includes art, theatre and dance, is being defined and will be announced shortly.

Festival of Two Worlds Press Office

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