Spoleto Festival

Spoleto Festival,

also called Festival of the Two Worlds, annual summer arts festival held in Spoleto, Italy. Founded by the composer Gian-Carlo MenottiMenotti, Gian-Carlo
, 1911–2007, Italian composer. Menotti was taught music by his mother and composed his first opera at 10. He studied at the Verdi Conservatory, Milan, and the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, where he later taught.
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 and the conductor Thomas Schippers, the festival has been held annually since 1958. It features the works of composers, singers, and musicians, as well as writers, actors, painters, and sculptors from all over the world. In 1999 Francis Menotti, the founder's adopted son, became its artistic director and in 2007 Giorgio Ferrara, an Italian film and theater director, succeeded him as the festival's director. The Spoleto Festival U.S.A., an American version of the festival also instituted by Menotti, has been held in Charleston, S.C., since 1977. Although Menotti broke with the American festival in 1993, it continues to be an active musical institution.
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The debut installation opera "Paradise Interrupted" is an international co-production with New York's Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
The festival changed its name from the Spoleto Festival Melbourne to the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts in 1990, became known as Melbourne International Arts Festival from 2003.
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Kievman has been creating and presenting multimedia and music-theater works in 36 countries around the world, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, The New York Shakespeare Festival, the National Theater Manheim, the Basel State Theater, Eugene O'Neill Opera/Music-Theater, Florida Philharmonic, Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the Darmstadt Summer Music Festival.
Opera productions dominate at the Spoleto Festival USA, an event that spans 17 days each spring ir Charleston's historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces.
The award-winning show has appeared in over 330 cities and has been seen by over 12 million people, winning over 11 international awards including an Olivier Award (UK), an Obie Award (New York) and a Pegasus Award (Spoleto Festival in Italy).
In 1958 Gian Carlo Menotti founded the Spoleto Festival in the medieval Italian hill town of Spoleto.