“I’m an early adopter; I love to get in on the ground floor of a hot new thing. What can I see at Spoleto before anyone else?”

Who doesn’t love a premiere? It’s a special treat to be among the first to see a new production and feel the energy of opening night. Anything feels possible and you get to form your own opinion on a work before hearing it from someone else. Spoleto has several US and world premieres this year, and here’s when to see them:

World Premiere

  • Omar at Sottile Theatre

This brand new opera from Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels chronicles the life of an African scholar who was uprooted by the transatlantic slave trade. Tickets to some of the early performances are becoming limited but you can still find seats towards the end of the Festival (June 3 and 7 performances, to be specific).

US Premieres

  • Gravity & Other Myths at Memminger Auditorium

This Australian physical theater company is no stranger to Festival audiences. Gravity & Other Myths has been to the Festival twice before (2014 and 2018) and both visits resulted in sold-out runs of their high-octane productions. This year, the company is bringing their newest work, Out of Chaos, to the States for the very first time. Word on the street is this is their boldest and most ambitious work yet!

  • Music in Time: Difficult Grace at the Simons Center Recital Hall (May 23 at 5:00pm)

The first installment of this year’s Music in Time concert series contains a somewhat unlikely premiere. Although late Italian composer Fausto Romitelli composed his cello concerto Your Time Is Over in 1993, it somehow has still never been performed in the United States. That will change when cellist Seth Parker Woods and a small orchestral ensemble debut the work stateside as part of Music in Time: Difficult Grace.

  • Sea Sick at the Woolfe Street Playhouse

Playwright and journalist Alanna Mitchell has taken her one-woman show all over—Scotland, Australia, and her native Canada—but somehow hasn’t made it to the US…until now. American audiences will get their first chance to see her acclaimed play Sea Sick for the first time at Spoleto this May. With a focus on global ocean conservation, this meticulously-researched production is sure to make an impression in our coastal city.

  • Machine de Cirque at Memminger Auditorium

Continuing the theme of Canadian imports, Quebec’s Machine de Cirque is bringing the US Premiere of its new show La Galerie to the Festival this year—also marking their own Spoleto debut as a company. A madcap acrobatic display unfolding in an art gallery, this show will bring plenty of energy.

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Tickets to these—and all—Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100. Remember: this is just a sample itinerary to highlight the newest shows on offer. We encourage you to browse all of the Festival’s offerings to find any and all experiences that might be new to you!

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NOTE: The 2020 Festival has been cancelled. For more information, click here.