Festival Of Two Worlds

64th Festival of Two Worlds
from June 25th to July 11th 2021


Director Monique Veaute at work on the 2021 playbill.

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 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

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

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