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Spoleto Festival USA Announces Additional Choral Concert


The Spoleto Festival USA has announced the addition of a third choral concert to the previously announced lineup. The newly announced concert will be a candlelit performance of Arvo Pärt’s choral masterpiece “The Deer’s Cry” with other works performed by the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus. The concert will be performed on May 31 in the historic Cathedral of St. Luke {…}


Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2024 Season


The Spoleto Festival USA has announced its 2024 season. The company will present the world premiere of Spoleto’s full-length original chamber opera, “Ruinous Gods.” Composed by Layale Chaker with a libretto by Lisa Schlesinger, the new work will examine the traumatic impact of displacement on refugees. The performances will take place at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. Performance Dates: {…}


Spoleto Festival Commissions the World Premiere of ‘Ruinous Gods’ for the 2024 Season


The Spoleto Festival has announced its commission of Layale Chaker and Lisa Schlesinger’s new opera “Ruinous Gods” which will make its world premiere at the 2024 festival. The new full-length chamber opera explores forced migration and “how mass displacement triggers profound psychological trauma amongst its youngest sufferers.” Included are real testimonies from survivors and families of those afflicted by uppgivenhetssyndrom {…}


Timothy Myers to Be New Music Director of Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra


Spoleto Festival USA has announced that Timothy Myers will be the company’s new Music Director. Myers is the Music Director at Austin Opera and has performed with such organizations as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and the Wexford Festival. He has also been a speaker at the SXSW Festival, {…}


Spoleto Festival USA Announces New ‘Pay What You Will’ Ticket Program


The Spoleto Festival USA has announced a new program entitled “Pay What You Will” ticket pricing. General Director & CEO Mena Mark Hanna noted that the program was created with an aim to welcome new audience members to Spoleto this season. Patrons will be able to purchase tickets for a price they determine (at a minimum of $5 per ticket {…}


Nicole Heaston, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Jamez McCorkle Headline Spoleto Festival USA 2023


Spoleto Festival USA has announced its 2023 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal and operatic performances. The company will present “Vanessa” at the Charleston Gaillard Center. The Barber opera will star Nicole Heaston, Zoie Reams, Edward Graves, Rosalind Plowright, and Malcolm MacKenzie. The opera is conducted by Timothy Myers and directed by Rodula {…}


Spoleto Festival USA Announces New Hires to Executive Leadership


Spoleto Festival USA has announced four new members to its executive leadership team. Joining the team will be Brent Dickman as Chief Financial Officer, Dexter Foxworth as Chief Operating Officer, Liz Keller-Tripp as Lead Producer, and Katharine Laidlaw as Chief Marketing Officer. “As we look to build upon our institution’s profound legacy, I am thrilled to welcome these talented and {…}


Spoleto Festival Announces Full 2022 Details


The Spoleto Festival has announced full details for the upcoming 2022 season. Operas As previously announced “Omar” will make its world premiere. The new opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels will be directed by Kaneza Schaal and conducted by John Kennedy. The production will star Jamez McCorkle in the title role, Laquita Mitchell, Malcom MacKenzie, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Catherine Anne {…}


Spoleto Festival Announces 2022 Operas


The Spoleto Festival USA has announced its 2022 season featuring three New Operas. The company will world premiere “Omar” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Kaneza Schaal will direct the opera with John Kennedy conducting. The cast will include Jamez McCorkle in the title role, Cheryse McLeod Lewis as Omar’s mother, and Laquita Mitchell as Julie. Opening in Senegal, the opera’s {…}