The sixty-fourth edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, the first programmed by artistic director Monique Veaute, opens on Friday 25 June 2021. Founded by Gian Carlo Menotti in 1958, Italy’s oldest performing arts festival once again transforms the city of Spoleto into a stage: from 25 June to 11 July, 60 performances, all Italian premieres, feature more than 500 artists from 13 countries in 15 venues, with some of the world’s best artists and companies offering an uninterrupted flow of music, opera, dance, theatre, allowing audiences to discover the unexpected.
Performances, discussions with artists, collateral events and debates shine a light on contemporary society, illuminating its diversity and complexity. This year at Spoleto, the first edition of Rai’s Festival per il sociale places themes including environmental and economic sustainability, social cohesion and inclusion, the role of women, the new generations and the value of memory at the heart of the discussion.
Dante, Stravinskij, Strehler, Pina Bausch and some of the great classics of the theatre repertoire form a bridge between the past and the future, projected forwards in time thanks to the interpretations of great artists and companies from Iván Fisher to Antonio Pappano, from the Budapest Festival Orchestra to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, from Mourad Merzouki to Angelin Preljocaj, from Francesco Tristano to Brad Mehldau, from Flora Détraz to Jonas&Lander, from Liv Ferracchiati to Lucien Øyen, from Romeo Castellucci to Robert Lepage to Lucia Ronchetti, and by participants in residencies run by La MaMa Spoleto Open and the Accademia Silvio d’Amico.
There are exhibitions at Palazzo Collicola, while discussions organized by Fondazione Carla Fendi, concerts at the Casa Menotti and numerous collateral events introduce visitors to some of the most beautiful hidden corners of this city.
The 64th edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi welcomes live audiences in absolute security. While the health situation means there are restrictions on the number of available tickets, a calendar of online appointments will be streamed via the Digital Stage so that those who cannot attend physically can still take part. A festival which brings people together, creating new opportunities for dialogue and reflection.
When you talk about the Festival of Two Worlds, you can’t but talk of art, music, theatre, culture, in the frame of an international event that has been Spoleto’s main feature since 1958.
The first 50 years of the Festival have been indissolubly tied to its founder, composer Gian Carlo Menotti, passed away in 2007. It is thanks to Maestro Menotti in fact, that the Festival Of Two Worlds and the city of Spoleto have gained international fame, thanks to the creation of this “meeting ground between two cultures and two artistic worlds” (America and Europe, hence the festival’s name), to celebrate “arts in all their shapes”.
From 2007 to 2020 the artistic direction of the Festival was entrusted to Giorgio Ferrara while currently the role of artistic director is held by Monique Veaute.
The Festival Of Two Worlds keeps on being one of the most important and innovative events worldwide. To understand its substance, it is useful to remind some of the names that were featured in the history of the Festival: Luchino Visconti, Eduardo De Filippo, Rudolf Nurejev, Carla Fracci, Thomas Schippers (whose ashes are buried in the Duomo square, where he conducted many festival’s closing concerts), Romolo Valli, Ken Russell, Nino Rota, Roman Polanski, Ezra Pound, Vittorio Gassman, Arnoldo Foà, Luciano Pavarotti, Joaquin Cortes, Kathleen Battle, Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Bartabas and, under Ferrara’s direction, Franca Valeri, Robert Wilson, Adriana Asti, Tim Robbins, Willem Dafoe, Gérard Depardieu, Luca Ronconi, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riccardo Muti, Fernando Botero, Eleonora Abbagnato, Luis Bacalov, Juliette Gréco, Bernard-Henri Lévy.
All information about the Festival Of Two Worlds can be found on www.festivaldispoleto.com