2018 Spoleto Festival To Feature US Premieres Of ‘Pia de’ Tolomei’ & ‘Tree Of Codes’

By Francisco Salazar

The Spoleto Festival has announced its 2018 festival, which will include three operas including two U.S. premieres.

Donizetti’s “Pia de’ Tolomei” will make its premiere on May 27, 2018, in a collaboration with Teatro di Pisa, Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, and Teatro Goldoni di Livorno with Andrea Cigni directing the opera. Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director of the Chicago Opera Theater conducts the score with Amanda Woodbury in the title role, baritone Valdis Jansons, and tenor Isaac Frishman.

The festival will then present the modern opera Liza Lim’s “Tree of Codes.” The opera, based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name, stars soprano Marisol Montalvo and baritone Elliot Madore. The work will feature the designs of James Ingalls and Scott Zielinski.

The third opera that will take center stage is Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto” on May 28, 29, and 30. Six members of Westminster Choir voice the opera buffa’s characters with Marco Seco conducting. The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles at the Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston.

The festival will also feature Bank of America Chamber Music concerts featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and Metropolitan Opera tenor Paul Groves. The Westminster Choir, under the direction of Joe Miller, will also present Angels, a candlelit concert featuring the ensemble’s sopranos and altos.

The festival will also include Brahms’s masterwork, Ein Deutsches Requiem, with Natalia Pavlova.