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“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” —William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bristol Old Vic, in association with Handspring Puppet Company, will present the American premiere of their […]

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Welcome to the third installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series will include the who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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Welcome to the fourth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series will include the who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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Welcome to the fifth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series will include the who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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For roughly a month at the beginning of every year, the Festival’s Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy travels across the country to hold auditions in 11 cities for the incomparable Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. The result of this month-long audition marathon is […]

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Welcome to the sixth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series will include the who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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Welcome to the seventh installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in […]

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Welcome to the eighth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some images and […]

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Join us for Locals Weekend – Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 – for savings of up to 50% on a wide variety of Festival performances! CLICK HERE FOR LOCALS WEEKEND DEALS On Saturday, April 12, the Festival box office will be open from […]

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What Would Frank Do?

This weekend is Locals Weekend for Spoleto Festival USA. One of South Carolina’s most recognizable natives is the silver-tongued, black-hearted Frank Underwood (House of Cards) which had us ponder, when it comes to Festival performances, what would Frank do? We took some of his honey-drizzled […]

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Welcome to the ninth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who,what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some images and videos to sweeten […]

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Welcome to the tenth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some images, audio,  and videos […]

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Welcome to the eleventh installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some images, audio, and videos […]

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Welcome to the twelfth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some images and video to […]

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OPERA GLOSSARY

Begun by a composer—Gian Carlo Menotti—whose operas are performed across the globe, Spoleto Festival USA is well known for its opera programming, which consists of new productions created and built in Charleston—a rarity in the world of opera productions. All three 2014 Spoleto Festival USA […]

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DANCE FOR YOUR EARS

You go to dance performances to delight your sense of sight, right? Well, yes, but Spoleto Festival USA dance programs are also a treat for your ears. Two phenomenal dance companies debut this weekend, both with enticing soundtracks coupled with scintillating choreography, sure to please […]

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The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is one of the busiest groups of artists in Charleston during the annual 17-day Festival. Their daily schedules take them from rehearsals to performances—sometimes on repeat! We caught up with violinist, Maria Semes, and asked her a few questions about […]

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It’s hard to believe that the Wells Fargo Festival Finale is TOMORROW (Sunday, June 8). Shovels & Rope is in town, the fireworks are prepped and ready, the lawn has been groomed, and the sun will be shining! Use this helpful list of DO’s and […]

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2014 Season In Review

Each season, critics from around the country attend Spoleto Festival USA ensuring that what happens in Charleston does not stay in Charleston. In addition to extensive local coverage in the Post & Courier and Charleston City Paper alongside daily radio podcasts produced by Spoleto Today […]

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News Bulletin #1

Paradise Interrupted designer and director Jennifer Wen Ma will not only make a garden grow on stage in May with the world premiere of the new opera, she has brought creative life to the center of downtown Pittsburgh this month as part of the city’s […]

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Welcome to the first installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We will also throw […]

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Welcome to the second installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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How to Buy Tickets

Today marks the opening of the Festival’s in-person box office at the Charleston Visitor Center. With that in mind, here is a complete run down of 3 easy ways you can buy tickets for the upcoming Festival (May 22 – June 7). 1. WEBSITE – spoletousa.org Browse the season and select […]

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SFUSA 2015 Poster

The official poster of the 2015 Festival season is here! This year’s poster was created by Italian artist, Ugo Nespolo, the set and costume designer for SFUSA’s production of Francesco Cavalli’s baroque opera Veremonda l’amazzone di Aragona. Nespolo, who is based in Turin, Italy, says he wanted […]

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Welcome to the third installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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News Bulletin #2

AWARDS & ACCOLADES FOR 2015 ARTISTS: Tenor Joseph Dennis, who will sing in the world premiere of Paradise Interrupted at this year’s Festival, has been named one of five winners of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The event has helped to propel the […]

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Welcome to the fourth installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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Welcome to the fifth installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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Today, April 29, 2015, is International Dance Day! To celebrate, we’ve highlighted the amazing dance programs/companies coming to the 2015 season of Spoleto Festival USA. TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY Trisha Brown Dance Company has been at the forefront of postmodern dance for the past 45 years. This […]

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Can you believe the Festival begins in just two weeks? If you are a local who still needs tickets, then we hope to see you this weekend for SPOLETO SUNDAY. This Sunday, May 10 (also Mother’s Day), the Festival is offering an opportunity for locals to score special savings on […]

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Welcome to the tenth installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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There are a variety of Festival performances sure to delight audiences of all ages! Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre One of Vietnam’s cultural treasures, these traditional water puppets perform with live music in a specially constructed pool at the College of Charleston Stern Student Center Garden. Tuesday, […]

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There’s no denying that Charleston is home to excellent food. For locals and visitors alike, it’s an ideal destination to experience a sampling of the Lowcountry’s finest or a taste of international cuisine; the selection is diverse and the quality is unparalleled. We reached out to […]

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Take part in our donor pre-sale! The full program for the 40th season of Spoleto Festival USA will be announced on Sunday, January 3. This exciting announcement will be followed by a 9-day pre-sale for Festival donors (please see below for ticket availability based on contribution […]

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When combing through the list of nominees for The 58th GRAMMYs, you will find NINE Spoleto Festival USA artists/ensembles (past and present) in EIGHT different categories. FOUR of those nine artists/ensembles are nominated in more than one category. Congratulations to all nominees listed below! The GRAMMYs air on Monday, February […]

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Who was Fats Waller?

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller’s life and musical career is being honored this year when pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Jason Moran brings his Fats Waller Dance Party to the College of Charleston Cistern Yard on Saturday, June 4. Here are some Fats Facts to […]

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Often, words cannot fully do justice to a choreographed work. So in this blog we are letting movement and music do the the talking for us. Here is a taste of the dance performances that will be presented during the Festival’s 40th-season:   Aakash Odedra Company brings us a 4-part solo […]

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Now approaching it’s 40th season, Spoleto Festival USA has seen a great deal of press coverage. Festival stories, whether in print or online, give readers the opportunity to draw deeper connections with performances they see on stage. Below is a list of 40 notable headlines from […]

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Rosanne Cash talks about the motivation and meaning behind her recent recording, The List. “I went on the road with my dad when I eighteen…and we started talking about songs. He mentioned a song and I said, ‘I don’t know that one.’ He mentioned another one, […]

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The Bank of America Chamber Music Series has always been about experiencing wonderful music in a magnificent venue, but with Geoff Nuttall at the helm, each concert is a carefully crafted concoction of familiar classics and modern masterpieces, providing stark contrasts and unexpected connections—programs that […]

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You’d never know it from the chilly temperatures, but there is one sure sign that spring has arrived in Charleston: the opening of the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office. This year the Box Office is located at the Charleston Visitor Center at 375 Meeting Street, […]

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Time Magazine has called Angelique Kidjo “Africa’s premier diva.” The BBC has included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures. In 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. She was the […]

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“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” —William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bristol Old Vic, in association with Handspring Puppet Company, will present the American premiere of their production of A […]

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Shantala Shivalingappa was born in Madras, India, and brought up in Paris, making her truly a child of both East and West. She grew up in a world filled with dance and music, initiated at a young age by her mother, dancer Savitry Nair. Over […]

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“Yet should I hear you pine, my love, I shall return…” –Matsukaze libretto Toshio Hosokawa’s otherworldly opera Matsukaze takes place over one long, mysterious night and relates the tale of a wandering monk who meets a fisherman on a lonely stretch of shoreline. The fisherman tells the […]

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Join us for Locals Weekend—Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14—and save on Festival Performances! On Saturday, April 13, our Box Office will be open from 9:00am – 5:00pm with a wide range of special offers for walk-up customers only. Savvy locals who keep an […]

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Born in Lyon, France, choreographer Mourad Merzouki is the artistic director of Compagnie Käfig, which he founded in 1996. Merzouki started learning martial and circus arts when he was seven years old. As a teenager, his discovery of hip-hop culture led him toward the dance […]

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Tickets. Info. News. Social. Yep, there’s an app for that. Stay connected to Spoleto Festival USA anytime, anywhere—all from the convenience of your favorite mobile device. EASY ACCESS TO THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION Our mobile home page has quick links to the season schedule, show […]

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“Gregory Porter has most of what you would want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted.” – The New York Times Jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, California, and now lives […]

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Highly acclaimed English actor, playwright, author and director Steven Berkoff continues to set the benchmark in stunning, intense performances on both stage and screen. Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of […]

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This morning, Festival friends and staff joined King Street retailers and members of the local media at Bob Ellis Shoes, where General Director Nigel Redden unveiled the official 2013 Festival poster, featuring “Angled Ring” by New York-based artist Robert Mangold. Mangold’s work frequently includes direct […]

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Back by popular demand, twelve tips that will make you the most popular person at this year’s Festival. Tips One — Three:   Read other articles in this series: Chapter Two: Tips Four — Six

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Locals have one last chance to save on Festival tickets. Spoleto Festival USA will be back with special ticket offers and waived fees during this weekend’s Second Sunday on King Street. Stop by the Festival’s tent, located at the corner of King and George Streets, […]

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Michael Grofsorean—Michael G. to Festival insiders—has been programming Spoleto jazz since 1980. We sat down with him recently to pick his brain—about music, about artists, about his approach to programming, and about Charleston: SFUSA: How do you select the artists for each season? Michael: I […]

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Back by popular demand, twelve tips that will make you the most popular person at this year’s Festival. Tips Four — Six: Read other articles in this series: Chapter One: Tips One — Three

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Back by popular demand, twelve tips that will make you the most popular person at this year’s Festival. Tips Seven — Nine: Read other articles in this series: Chapter One: Tips One — Three Chapter Two: Tips Four — Six Chapter Four: Tops Ten — Twelve

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Excerpted from the Bristol Old Vic program book for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?” Delve into the murky dreams of our cast and crew… • • • WHAT IS THE MOST VIVID DREAM YOU CAN REMEMBER, AND WHAT DO YOU […]

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Back by popular demand, twelve tips that will make you the most popular person at this year’s Festival. Tips Ten — Twelve: Read other articles in this series: Chapter One: Tips One — Three Chapter Two: Tips Four — Six Chapter Three: Seven — Nine

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With the ever-changing landscape of digital marketing, video has become increasingly important to organizations such as Spoleto Festival USA. We are fortunate enough to have a plethora of creative content at our fingertips that allows us (and the media) to produce what we hope is […]

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8 Instagrams We Love

Soon after jumping on the Instagram bandwagon in late 2012, the Festival quickly discovered how exciting this new(-ish) photo-sharing social media platform was going to be for the upcoming season. It provided the Festival with a unique opportunity to tell a story through images that […]

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Recently performed at the 2013 Festival, Toshio Hosokawa’s ethereal new opera Matsukaze opens today at Lincoln Center Festival in New York City and we couldn’t be prouder. Read a review here. Many productions come and go through the diverse Festival program each season, but opera, […]

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The Spoleto Festival USA offices are buzzing as preparations for the upcoming season are well underway. (Where did the summer go?) We can’t divulge much quite yet, but rest assured the program will feature the perfect mix of world-class opera, theater, music, and dance. Be […]

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SFUSA Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts! Fall is here and that means one thing – the holidays are around the corner! As you begin to organize that never-ending shopping list, we invite you to consider Spoleto Festival USA gift certificates. This unique gift idea is […]

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Take a closer look at the design process behind Spoleto Festival USA’s annual ticket brochure. Creating the Festival’s annual ticket brochure is one of the Marketing and Public Relations department’s favorite projects of the year. It’s an opportunity for us administrative types to delve into […]

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Brochures have been mailed, the website has been launched, and tickets to the 2014 season of Spoleto Festival USA are officially ON SALE! With so many fantastic performances, knowing where to start can be tricky. Our suggestion? Just go for it! And just in case […]

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#12DaysofSpoleto

We’d like to take this moment to wish our entire Festival family a very safe and happy holiday season! There is so much to look forward to in the New Year including a very exciting season of Spoleto Festival USA. We hope you’re planning to […]

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Welcome to the first installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series will include the who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even […]

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Welcome to the second installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series will include the who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some […]

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It’s time for the Festival’s biggest fundraising event of the year! TONIGHT (January 31) starting at 7pm, Memminger Auditorium will host the Spoleto Festival USA Annual Auction. Guests will have the chance to bid on truly amazing items ranging from custom jewelry to exotic getaways. […]

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The Apprenticeship Program, while relatively short in duration, is a huge part of what makes the Festival successful year after year. Throughout the years, apprentices have been out in the city making sure that all of the smallest details are executed properly. The deadline for […]

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The Apprenticeship Program, while relatively short in duration, is a huge part of what makes the Festival successful year after year. Throughout the years, apprentices have been out in the city making sure that all of the smallest details are executed properly. The deadline for submitting applications […]

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