Opera

Pia de’ Tolomei

Date: May 27, 31, June 3, 6, 8

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Donizetti’s tragic telling of a jealous husband and the consequences of his distrust, set in pre-World War II Italy.

Opera

Tree of Codes

Date: May 26, 29, June 1, 4, 7

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

This US-premiere opera illuminates the space between present and future to explore multiple realities.

Opera

Il matrimonio segreto

Date: May 28, 29, 30

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Members of Westminster Choir give voice to handcrafted Italian marionettes in this charming production of a classical-era comic opera.

Theater

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Date: May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, this production introduces an uptight academic to the devil in an immersive theater experience.

Theater

The Pied Piper

Date: May 25, 26, 27

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Italian marionettes animate this classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm.

Theater

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Date: May 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, June 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Whimsy and romance accompany Marc and Bella Chagall as they navigate the Russian Revolution, the pogroms, and each other.

Theater

Borders

Date: May 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

A Syrian refugee’s experiences are contrasted with those of a celebrated American war photographer in this high-energy theater piece.

Physical Theater

Backbone

Date: May 25 – 30

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Ten acrobats take over Memminger Auditorium for a joyous and extraordinary display of athleticism and physical storytelling set to live music.

Dance

Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux

Date: May 25

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Miami City Ballet—one of the country’s leading classical ballet companies—pays tribute to choreographer Jerome Robbins with this evening of perfectly paired duets.

Dance

Miami City Ballet

Date: May 26, 27

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

This leading classical ballet company is internationally renowned for its interpretation of iconic choreography as well as its commitment to presenting the works of contemporary innovators.

Dance

Dorrance Dance

Date: June 1 – 4, 6 – 9

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Pushing tap dance’s rhythmic, technical, and conceptual boundaries, choreographer Michelle Dorrance brings two programs that confirm her status as a true visionary.

Dance

One of Sixty-Five Thousand Gestures / NEW BODIES

Date: June 7, 8, 9, 10

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Three New York City Ballet dancers, including principal Sara Mearns, team up with postmodern choreographer Jodi Melnick to present an intriguing evening of dance—without pointe shoes or tutus.

Dance

A.I.M

Date: June 1, 2, 3

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Drawing from a wide range of contemporary dance styles, choreographer Kyle Abraham creates movement that speaks through silence and hip-hop beats.

Music

Bank of America Chamber Music

Date: May 25 – June 10

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Host Geoff Nuttall leads some of the world’s most skilled chamber musicians in diverse, intimate, and thrilling programs.

Music

Mozart and Mahler

Date: June 9

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Pedja Muzijevic performs a Mozart piano concerto followed by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra’s rendition of Mahler’s first symphony.

Music

Westminster Choir Concerts

Date: May 26, June 1

Venue: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul

An eclectic program and pristine acoustics showcase this phenomenal ensemble in what has long been one of the Festival’s most beloved traditions.

Music

Angels

Date: May 29

Venue: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

The sopranos and altos of Westminster Choir present works that bring a woman’s perspective to the spiritual world in this candlelit performance.

Music

You Are Mine Own

Date: June 2

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

A cinematic staging of love poetry combines with late romantic orchestral scores to create a symphonic experience like no other.

Music

Music In Time | An Elemental Thing

Date: May 28

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Music expresses the collision of our culture and environment.

Music

Music In Time | Brilliant Nights

Date: May 30

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Salvatore Sciarrino’s Tre Notturni Brillanti opens this program that celebrates the broad possibilities of listening.

Music

Music In Time | Departure Duo

Date: June 4

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

A soprano and bassist consider the “in-between.”

Music

Brahms’s German Requiem

Date: June 5

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

The Festival’s entire choral and orchestral forces come together for this lush, rapturously beautiful masterwork.

Music

Wells Fargo Festival Finale featuring The Lone Bellow

Date: June 10

Venue: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park

Nashville-based Americana, soul, and rock-and-roll band The Lone Bellow brings the 2018 Festival to a celebratory close at “The Joe.”

Wells Fargo Jazz

Fred Hersch Trio

Date: May 27

Venue: TD Arena at College of Charleston

Weather update: This concert will take place at the TD Arena at College of Charleston, 301 Meeting St.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Jon Batiste

Date: May 25, 26

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

A musical party at the Cistern Yard with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader kicks off Spoleto’s 2018 season; funk and soul band, the Dap-Kings, amps up the festivities on night two.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Jazzmeia Horn

Date: May 28

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

On the cusp of international stardom, this acclaimed vocalist—and 2018 Grammy Award nominee—leads her new septet for an evening of vocal fireworks.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Chucho Valdés Quartet

Date: May 31

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

A giant in Afro-Cuban jazz, pianist Chucho Valdés leads his latest quartet with incomparable gusto, lyricism, and virtuosity.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Craig Taborn

Date: June 6, 7, 8, 9

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

This experimental jazz pianist plays outside the lines, infusing his artful improvisations with nearly every musical form, from baroque to heavy metal.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Artifacts

Date: May 26, 27, 28, 29

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

A trio of renowned composers reinterprets time-honored compositions from a legendary Chicago institution.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Trio 3 plus Vijay Iyer

Date: June 3

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Three master improvisers, who have long been at the forefront of the cutting-edge jazz movement, are joined by one of today’s most celebrated pianists.

Special Events

Behind the Garden Gate

Date: May 26, June 2

Venue: Various

Sixteen of the Holy City’s most charming private gardens–eight each weekend–are available for exploration for ticket holders.

Artist Talks

Spoleto Salons

Date: May 1, 8, 15

Venue: 14 George Street

The Spoleto Salons aim to illuminate elements of the 2018 Festival, offering fascinating behind-the-scenes perspectives from various creative personnel.

Artist Talks

Conversations With

Date: May 26, 27, June 3, 7

Venue: Various

CBS journalist Martha Teichner interviews artists from the Festival’s 2018 program.

Artist Talks

Front Row Talk

Date: June 1

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Members of Ranky Tanky discuss Charleston’s Gullah culture and how the group’s music champions this tradition within a contemporary framework.

Artist Talks

Jazz Talk

Date: May 29

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

The members of Artifacts speak to the enduring legacy of Chicago’s AACM and how it has influenced and empowered their work as composers, performers, and educators.

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