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Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Assunta in Spoleto
Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Assunta in Spoleto
For the Spoleto Festival USA, see Spoleto Festival USA.

The Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) is an annual summer music and opera festival held each June to early July in Spoleto, Italy since its founding by composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1958. It features a vast array of concerts, opera, dance, drama, visual arts and roundtable discussions on science. Image File history File links Spoleto_Cathedral. ... Image File history File links Spoleto_Cathedral. ... Spoleto Festival USA is an annual festival of the arts held in Charleston, South Carolina since 1977. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Spoleto (Latin: Spoletium), 42°44′ N 12°44′ E, an ancient town in the Italian province of Perugia in east central Umbria, at 385 meters (1391 ft) above sea-level on a foothill of the Apennines. ... Gian Carlo Menotti, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1944 Gian Carlo Menotti (born July 7, 1911, Cadegliano-Viconago, Italy) is an Italian-born American composer and librettist. ...

Because Spoleto was a small town, where real estate and other goods and services were at the time relatively inexpensive, and also because there are two indoor theatres, a Roman theatre and many other spaces, it was chosen by Menotti as the venue for an arts festival. It is also fairly close to Rome, with good rail connections.

The festival has developed into one of the most important cultural manifestations in Italy, with a three-week schedule of music, theater and dance performances. For some time it became a reference point for modern sculpture exhibits, and works of art left to the city by Alexander Calder and others are a testimony to this. Because of loss of funds and the birth of many similar festivals throughout Italy, the Spoleto Festival has now lost its international prominence; however, it remains a very important cultural event. Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976), also known as Sandy Calder, was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. ...

The "Two Worlds" in the name of the festival comes from the fact that it is held in conjunction with its "twin", the Spoleto Festival USA held annually in May/June in Charleston, South Carolina. After disputes with the Menotti family, the American Spoleto Festival is now independent. For a short period of time, a third parallel festival was also held in Australia. Spoleto Festival USA is an annual festival of the arts held in Charleston, South Carolina since 1977. ... Nickname: The Palmetto City Motto: Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights) Location of Charleston in South Carolina. ...

See also

This is an inclusive list of opera festivals and summer seasons, and music festivals that have opera productions. ...

External links

  • Festival dei Due mondi official site, in English



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