Welcome to the Spoleto Festival USA journal.

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Opera

After two years of patiently waiting, the time has finally come. Tonight, Spoleto Festival USA’s 46th season will open with the world premiere, Omar – a newly commissioned opera by Rhiannon Giddens. The opera is based on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved […]

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by Jenny Ouellette and Anna Brooks Reprinted from the 2022 Spoleto Festival USA program book In 2014, Ebony Williams made her Spoleto debut with  Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Audiences may remember her dancing: powerful yet precise with liquid-like limbs flowing this way and that—a radiant, […]

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One of the two world premiere operas at this year’s Festival is Unholy Wars and you are not going to want to miss Grammy Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman debut this intimate new work. Here is what you should know: Over the course of 70 minutes, a […]

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Spoleto is known for its diverse programming—across genres, across continents, and across familiarities, and while seeing a classic like Puccini’s La bohème listed on the schedule may have you thinking otherwise, you may want to look a little deeper.  A Little More… Known for his […]

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To learn more about Omar Ibn Said and the commercial, cultural, and spiritual connections between his native West Africa and slavery in the Carolinas, check out the materials listed here. For more information and to hear directly from many of the experts cited below, attend […]

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