The 45th season of America’s Premier International Performing Arts Festival opens this week. To see the program, click here. There are outdoor venues as well as indoor ones with limited seating. For information on festival venues, click here. For information on ordering tickets, click here.
Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who sought to create an American counterpart to the annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, that he founded in 1958. Looking for a city that would provide the charm of Spoleto as well as its wealth of theaters, churches and other performances spaces, Menotti selected Charleston as the ideal location. The historic city provided a perfect fit: it was intimate enough that the Festival would captivate the entire city, yet cosmopolitan enough to provide an enthusiastic audience and robust infrastructure. Championed by a young Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and College of Charleston’s then-president Theodore Stern, Spoleto Festival USA held its inaugural season in 1977. (From History, spoletofestivalusa.org)
To go to the main Spoleto 2021 website, click here.
(Image credit: Spoleto Fesival USA)