63rd Festival of Two Worlds
The 63rd edition of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto is getting ready to start again, fielding all the precautions to offer the public an event to enjoy in complete safety.
Eight days of events and the same number of shows that will be held at the Roman Theatre and Piazza Duomo for a maximum capacity of 250 and 400 seats, respectively.
The premiere of the 63rd of the Festival of Two Worlds will be held on Thursday 20 August (8.30 pm) in Piazza Duomo, with Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi and the Byzantine Academy directed by Ottavio Dantone. Direction, sets and costumes by Pier Luigi Pizzi.
At the Roman Theatre, the show concert I Messaggeri directed by Emma Dante - songs and music by the Mancuso Brothers - is scheduled at 8.30 pm on Friday 21 August.
On Saturday 22 August in Piazza Duomo, it’s time for the musical theatre of Silvia Colasanti with Arianna, Fedra, and Dido, or rather, three monodramas for Actress, Female Chorus and Orchestra based on a text taken from Ovid's Epistulae Heroidum. The Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Italian Youth Orchestra) will be conducted by Roberto Abbado, while the International Opera Choir will be entrusted to maestro Gea Garatti.
The first weekend will end on Sunday 23 August at the Roman Theatre (8.30 pm) with the concert of the young and talented pianist Beatrice Rana. This artist from Salento was awarded “Abbiati Award” as best soloist in 2016.
On Thursday 27 August, at the Roman Theatre starting at 8.30 pm, Monica Bellucci recalls the famous soprano Maria Callas with Lettres et Mémoires ranging from 1946 to 1977, leading us through the international career of Maria Callas, from the beginnings through the greatest successes.
From the modest childhood spent in New York to the war years in Athens, from the muted debut at the Opera to the heights of an international career marked by scandals and personal tribulations, from the idealised love for her husband to the overwhelming passion for Onassis, this unique tale reveals, for the first time, the true story of Maria Callas who lies behind the legend.
A deeply moving and fascinating self-portrait of the greatest voice of the 20th century.
On Friday 28 August at 8.30 pm in Piazza Duomo, the Carlo Felice Foundation of Genoa presents the concert in stage form “Le creature di Prometeo | Le creature di Capucci”. In the year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the production gives life to an unprecedented encounter between the arts, celebrating the creative genius of historical protagonists distant in time and close in inspiration.
On the one hand, Ludwig van Beethoven with the only one of his works born for ballet that is the two-act composition Le Creature di Prometeo (Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus), Op. 43, commissioned by the choreographer Salvatore Viganò and debuted in Vienna in 1801.
On the other hand, Roberto Capucci, a master of international high fashion and a style innovator who creates a dialogue between clothes, nature, art and architecture. He will be protagonist of the event with a series of sketches with a strong visual impact, recently exhibited in the exhibition “Capucci Dionisiaco. Disegni per il teatro” (Capucci Dionisiaco. Drawings for the theatre).
On Saturday 29 August at the Roman Theatre (8.30 pm) Luca Zingaretti reads La Sirena, taken from the short story Lighea by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
And for the grand finale, on Sunday 30 August at 9.30 pm in Piazza Duomo, Riccardo Muti conducts an extraordinary concert for the Festival of Two Worlds. The Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra is made up of young musicians from all Italian regions, selected by international commissions chaired by Riccardo Muti and founded in 2004.
Please click here for the programme of the Festival.