Artist Talks


Venue: 14 George Street

Duration: Approximately 1 hour


Pull back the curtain on Spoleto Festival USA and the performing arts by attending one or all of the Spoleto Salons. In hour-long evening discussions, learn more about various genres and gain a greater understanding of this season’s Festival productions. Meet others interested in the arts, interact with Festival artists, and enjoy a glass of wine in The Murray Center, 14 George Street—the headquarters of Spoleto Festival USA.

All Salons are FREE of charge. Use the links below or call (843) 579-3100 to reserve a seat. Reservation is required.

Salon 4
Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00pm
Moderated by Edward Hart
A panel of singers featured in Spoleto Festival USA’s 2017 operas—Adrian Angelico from Quartett and Natalia Pavlova from Eugene Onegin—will examine and explain the disparate preparation styles and techniques required for their respective roles. The singers will share in a discussion about the differences between singing Baroque music vs. more traditional styles and will discuss their training backgrounds and paths to becoming professional opera singers. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Past 2017 Salons:

Salon 1
Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00pm
Moderated by Nigel Redden
Murmurs—a dreamlike, largely wordless reflection on a woman’s adventure into a surreal landscape—will be Aurélia Thierrée’s second appearance at Spoleto Festival USA. Discover more about what The Times calls “an elaborate and beautiful enigma” as Festival General Director Nigel Redden sits down with Aurélia for this informal discussion. The two have worked together on numerous occasions—most recently at Lincoln Center Festival in 2013. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Salon 2
Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00pm
Moderated by Edward Hart
How is a multi-genre performing arts festival created each season? Festival General Director Nigel Redden will discuss the ins and outs of programming and producing a 17-day Festival with more than 160+ performances. What are the artistic goals of the Festival and what role do the performing arts play in our modern-day culture? Furthermore, do the performing arts and the Festival have a duty to reflect on the current political events in our country and across the world? Doors open at 5:30pm.

Salon 3
Tuesday, May 9 at 6:00pm
Moderated by Edward Hart
Tchaikovsky’s full range of emotions are on display in Eugene Onegin—his grand opera based on Pushkin’s classic novel in verse. Russia’s wintery beauty—expressed in both simple country life and the glittering aristocracy of St. Petersburg—is the backdrop for this story about the tragedy of first love. Director Chen Shi-Zheng and Set Designer Chris Barreca will discuss how the visual elements were created to shape this classic score and what challenges and advantages come with presenting such a well-recognized opera. A model of Mr. Barreca’s design will be on display for viewing. Doors open at 5:30pm.