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On May 22, Spoleto Festival USA’s 44th season will open with a world premiere, a newly commissioned opera by Rhiannon Giddens, based on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim-African man who was brought to Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf in 1807. The story traces […]

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On May 22, Spoleto Festival USA’s 44th season will open with a world premiere, a newly commissioned opera by Rhiannon Giddens, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and banjoist known for exploring the legacy of African-American folk traditions. Giddens has been tapped to mold the opera—creating […]

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Seven days remain in the 43rd Spoleto Festival USA, but there’s still a full week jam-packed with performances in opera, theater, physical theater, dance, music, and jazz. And while Festival staffers are hard at work behind the scenes, we’re also just as eager as you […]

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Spol·et·i·quette (noun): the customary code of polite behavior to ensure the ultimate performance experience among Festival-goers Time: Very Little Serving size: Everyone Ingredients: 1 cup punctuality 2 cups silence 4 cups respect 3 teaspoons patience 3 tablespoons consideration 6 tablespoons self-awareness ¼ cup courtesy ½ […]

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Whether it is your first or 43rd season attending Spoleto Festival USA, how well do you really know it? The 2019 Spoleto Festival USA is currently underway, featuring world-renowned artists and emerging talents in more than 150 performances of opera, theater, classical music, jazz, and dance. […]

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