Spoleto Festival 2011 Lineup

Gian Carlo Menotti, composer and Pulitzer Prize winner, founded the Spoleto Festival USA in the year 1977. To enhance the beauty of the festival that takes place in the city of Spoleto, Italy, each year, Menotti searched for a location in the United States that also had numerous churches and theatres, finding the ideal festival venue in Charleston. Its historical background and variety of performing venues has ensured that the city has remained the host of the Spoleto Festival for thirty-four years, and the organizing of the 35th festival has been underway for months.

The Spoleto Festival USA is hosted over a period of approximately seventeen days, and the 2011 festival will kick off on the 27th of May and close on 12 June 2011. It is one of the most diverse arts festivals in the USA, and showcases more than a hundred and fifty performances by musicians, artists, dancers and actors from across the world. Visitors to this year’s festival can look forward to contemporary circus, visual arts, dance performances and of course a variety of music genres.

In the musical sectors of the festival, opera enthusiasts will be able to look forward to three spectacular productions. The first opera is a tribute to Gian Carlo Menotti, and as his most favorite opera was The Medium, this wonderful opera will be featured with support of the Spoleto Festival USA Ochestra under the guidance of Joseph Flummerfelt and John Pascoe. Mozart will be present in the form of The Magic Flute, and Elizabeth Futral (Soprano) will be making her debut performance at the festival in Emilie. The Wells Fargo Jazz division of the festival will host a breathtaking lineup of performers, including Karrin Allyson, Dianne Reeves, Ketil Bjornstad, Toninho Ferragutti, Danilo Rea, Micaela Vita, Willy Gonzales and many more.

Music fans can also look forward to performances at the Bank of America Chamber of Music, which will showcase performances by musicians such as Hsin-Yun Huang, Alisa Weilerstein, Todd Palmer, Carolyn Blackwell, James Smith, Bela Fleck, Del McCoury Band and Sarah Jarosz, to name but a few. The theatres, dance theatres and musical venues for the 2011 Spoleto Festival will come alive with music and art. This is an event not to miss out on.