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Spoleto Festival USA 2019 To Showcase Richard Strauss Masterwork


The Spoleto Festival USA has announced its 2019 season, which will feature one major opera production, among other performances. The festival will open with a production of Strauss’ “Salome.” The famed opera will be directed by Patrice Caurier and Mosh Leiser, with the intention of setting the work in a present-day city. It will be the duo’s ninth year with {…}


2018 Spoleto Festival USA Records Second-Highest Ticket Sales in Event’s History


The Spoleto Festival USA has announced that its 2018 edition was the second-highest in ticket sales in its history. Per a press release, the ticket sales topped $3.3 million with over 65,000 ticket holders attending 158 performances and events. The Festival’s 2016 edition, its 40th in history, still ranks first in overall ticket sales. “Often at the end of each {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Spoleto Festival USA 2018 Review – Tree of Codes: Liza Lim’s Work Provides Visual Dazzle But No Vocal Highlights


The Australian composer Liza Lim received royal treatment at the 2018 edition of South Carolina’s Spoleto USA Festival in May, with the premiere of a new opera and two chamber works scheduled for the program and the esteemed JACK Quartet, adding another work to the proceedings upon hearing that she would be in residency. In addition to the quartet, the instrumental works {…}


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


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 {…}


Obituary: Aspen Music Festival Opera Program Director Edward Berkeley Dies at 76


On July 18, Aspen Music Festival and School opera program director Edward Berkeley died unexpectedly. The 76-year-old was found unresponsive by a colleague at home in Aspen according to the Aspen Police Department and the Pitkin County Coroner’s office. No cause of death was determined at this time. The news came hours before the opening night performance of “The Magic {…}


Updates on Summer Festivals Canceled Due to Coronavirus Outbreak


***We will update this article as more cancellations are announced. The coronavirus has affected a number of summer festivals. After the cancellation of the Grange Park Opera and the delay of the Glyndebourne Festival, many festivals are weighing in on the summer. The Buxton International Festival has canceled its summer festival which was scheduled for July 2 – 18, 2021. {…}


Obituary: Ravinia Festival’s General Manager Marcus L. Overton Passes Away At 75


Marcus L. Overton passed away on June 9, 2019 at the age of 75. The former production stage manager at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the general manager for the Ravinia Festival, succumbed to a long battle with kidney failure. A 54-year veteran in the world of performing arts management, he took on a wide range of art forms {…}