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”.
In 2007, Giorgio Ferrara was appointed chairman and artistic director.
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.
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