Opera

Omar

Date: May 27, 30, June 2, 5, 8, 12

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’s world premiere opera recounts the life and autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an African scholar enslaved in the Carolinas who refused to be defined or erased by his captors.

Presented by Wells Fargo

Opera

La bohème

Date: May 28, 31, June 4, 7, 11

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

What if life didn’t end in death, but in a return to love? This reimagined classic rewinds a tragic tale and takes us from devastation to hope, from loneliness and despair to the greatest joy of life.

Opera

Unholy Wars

Date: May 29, June 1, 3, 6

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Selections from the European opera canon–from the likes of Monteverdi to Handel—are reframed by tenor Karim Sulayman to reveal a new story of belonging and resilience.

Theater

The Approach

Date: May 26 – June 12

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Three conversations draw us into the inner lives of Anna, Cora, and Denise. What will they reveal to each other? And what does each of them have to hide?

Theater

Until the Flood

Date: June 3 – 6

Venue: Festival Hall

A one-woman tour de force from Dael Orlandersmith links eight distinct characters, all reacting to traumatic events that ignite a national movement.

Theater

Storm Large

Date: May 26 – June 1

Venue: Festival Hall

Chanteuse and musical sensation Storm Large mixes the Great American Songbook with pop hits, jazz standards, and punk rock for performances that are one part saucy, one part spicy, and nonstop sizzle.

Dance

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Date: May 28, 29

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Unfolding obscure histories of Black Shaker communities, the celebrated choreographer draws from extensive research and his signature “post-African/neo-HooDoo modern dance” lens to bring new perspective to the spectrum of American Christian religion.

Dance

Ballet Encore

Date: June 1, 3, 4

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Top New York City Ballet dancers illuminate dynamic choreography by George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, and Justin Peck in a romantic, expanded program.

Dance

Malpaso Dance Company

Date: June 10, 11

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Cuba’s brightest contemporary dancers showcase the breadth of their excellence in three disparate yet vibrant selections spanning exuberance, loss, and apocalyptic fears.

Physical Theater

Machine de Cirque

Date: June 8 – 12

Venue: Festival Hall

Breathtaking stunts and live music illuminate this showcase of dizzying feats that are at once playful, poetic, and perilous.

Music

Bank of America Chamber Music

Date: May 27 – June 12

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Ebullient musicianship and artistic camaraderie blend in an extraordinary presentation of fresh compositions and canonic gems onstage at the Dock Street Theatre. Hear beloved returning players and fresh faces mix old and new in the Festival’s signature series.

Music

Music in Time

Date: May 29

Venue: Festival Hall

In a program at once meditative and exhilarating, works by current composers invite us to consider and reframe our sonic and social sensibilities.

Music

Lift Every Voice

Date: June 1

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Principal artists and choristers of Omar join in song for a remarkable evening highlighting music of the Black experience.

Music

Spoleto Festival USA Chorus Concert

Date: June 3, 11

Venue: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

The country’s most gifted choristers unite in the glorious, transformational power of song in Spoleto Festival USA Chorus’s inaugural solo debut featuring voices of Romanticism: Britten, Brahms, and Bruckner.

Music

Rhapsodic Overture

Date: June 3

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Two premieres bookend an orchestral triple bill unbound by time and place in a virtuosic showcase of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, conducted by John Kennedy.

Music

Tyshawn Sorey, For Orchestra

Date: June 6

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theater

Tyshawn Sorery’s compositions transcend tidy musical boxes. Following a jazz trio appearance, his daring work in the classical sphere is showcased by members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

Music

The Street

Date: June 7

Venue: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

In the serene sanctuary of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Harpist Parker Ramsay, joined by eight voices of the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus, enlivens new work from composer Nico Muhly offering 14 Meditations on the Stations of the Cross.

Music

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Date: June 9

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Delight in Beethoven’s epic, uplifting final symphony as the Spoleto Festival USA’s Orchestra and Chorus join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus for this offering of effervescent joy.

Music

Wells Fargo Festival Finale featuring Shakey Graves

Date: June 12

Venue: Firefly Distillery

Perplexingly memorable, narrative-wrapped songs from Texas theater-kid-turned-Americana rocker Shakey Graves headline this celebration of the Festival’s 46th season. And yes, the fireworks are back, baby.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Youssou NDOUR: Mbalax Unplugged

Date: May 29

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Youssou NDOUR is, simply, one of the world’s greatest singers. This acoustic one-night-only performance comprises traditional melodies, mbalax rhythms, and never-before-heard compositions that speak to his range and innovation.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Nduduzo Makhathini

Date: May 30

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

A deep spirituality is inseparable from the improvisational performance of pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, whose cross-continental, multilayered melodic groove is informed by a childhood where music and ritual are symbolically linked.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Linda May Han Oh and Fabian Almazan

Date: June 2 – 6

Venue: Festival Hall

Defying categorization, the compositions of pianist Fabian Almazan match ideally with the dynamic superstar bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh. This intimate and experimental duo explore sonic possibilities as their musical sensibilities align.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Ravi Coltrane: Universal Consciousness

Date: June 3

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane: Gifted saxophonist Ravi Coltrane pays tribute to the musical legacy of his mother—an incomparable keyboardist, harpist, and singer—for one celebratory evening embracing and commemorating her lasting influence.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Tyshawn Sorey / Aaron Diehl / Matt Brewer

Date: June 4

Venue: TD Arena at College of Charleston

The virtuosic Tyshawn Sorey, one of the 21st century’s leading musical minds, blends composition and improvisation in a collective jazz trio with pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Date: June 10

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Genre-obliterating virtuoso vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her third Festival appearance on the heels of three Grammy wins and a MacArthur Fellowship.

First Citizens Bank Front Row

Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi

Date: May 28

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Illuminating the universality of music and the commonality of human experience, these two 2022 Grammy-nominated artists play selections from their latest albums and trace the overlooked influence of African and Arabic sounds on European and American music.

First Citizens Bank Front Row

Allison Russell

Date: June 1

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

This Grammy-nominated artist’s cathartic and soulful voice takes centerstage in this Cistern Yard concert–a display of her extraordinary gift of songcraft that roars with dignity and hope in the face of overwhelming darkness.

First Citizens Bank Front Row

The War and Treaty

Date: June 2

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The husband-and-wife duo return to Spoleto for a concert trumpeting their signature bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern soul, gospel, country, and rock-and-roll in an exhilarating exchange of energy with the audience.

First Citizens Bank Front Row

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

Date: June 9

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Her fingers are just that fast. Among the most brilliant guitarists of this generation, Molly Tuttle brings accolades of brash, beautiful musicianship to an unforgettable Cistern Yard concert experience that is truly original.

Artist Talks

Conversations With

Date: May 28, June 5, 7

Venue: Various

Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner hosts riveting, intimate conversations with the artists and companies of Spoleto Festival USA, illuminating the creative process and delving into the stories that form the 2022 productions.

Artist Talks

Jazz Talks

Date: May 28, June 2

Venue: Various

Spoleto Festival USA’s Wells Fargo Jazz advisor and Wall Street Journal jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld speaks with artists from the 2022 Wells Fargo Jazz Series.

Artist Talks

More On That Now: A Spoleto Discussion Series

Date: Virtual

Venue: Virtual

More On That Now, a virtual discussion series, covers a wide range of topics drawing inspiration from themes found in the 2022 Festival program and the broader artistic industry. Free event

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