On its 61th Edition, the awaited Festival of 2 Worlds takes place this year from 29th June to 15th July 2018. Music, opera, lyric, theater, dance, exhibits ... the famous Festival of 2 Worlds of Spoleto is the event par excellence dedicated to the art at 360 degrees, a special stage for established artists as well as emerging ones from all over the world. A showcase of international prestige with its 17 intense days of great entertainment, with over 90 titles and more than 170 curtain openings.
The awaited Festival of Two Worlds is certainly the most excellent event of the city of Spoleto, of Umbria region and not only, thanks to its original spirit and its international vocation. Historically speaking, it has always been a meeting place for different cultures, offering a cared and high quality program and promoting new creations.
Under the guidance of Giorgio Ferrara, in his tenth year as artistic director, the Festival of Spoleto has grown immensely: from an attendance of 5,000 in 2007, passing to the 80,000 in 2016 and also to the 90,000 of last year. This has contributed to strengthening the focus of the institutions, artists, operators, companies, and the media towards the event that has established itself as a world-renowned event and an occasion not to be missed. These are the words that the artistic director has dedicated to the manifestation:
"The Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds crossed the threshold of 60 years and today lives a phase of new splendor, confirmed by qualitative results and numbers of great satisfaction. A defeated challenge, which makes us look at the triennium that is about to begin with increasing confidence and urges us to continue our journey in the Arts with the awareness of those who believe in the courage and effectiveness of culture. "
The events scheduled at the Festival dei 2 Mondi 2018 in brief
This 2018 edition of the Festival opens with the new production of Il Minotauro, a lyric opera in 10 paintings commissioned to the composer Silvia Colasanti, with the Italian Youth Orchestra conducted by Maestro Jonathan Webb. In the show, the myth centered on the terrifying monster is transformed into a "human" drama: that of a being that has to do with himself, or rather with the infinity of himself reflected in the mirrors of the labyrinth.
Likewise, another important production is the dramatic oratorio in 11 scenes and 1 prologue of Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher by Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel, at the end of the Festival in the traditional Piazza del Duomo. The show will feature for the first time in Spoleto the Oscar winner Marion Cotillard together with Benoit Jacquot, one of the most refined authors of French cinema.
Between the two dates, a calendar full of events, among which we will highlight some particularly relevant.
Every day, a Noon Concert for a total of 14 intense events with which the Festival intends to promote and enhance young people who are entering the concert career, in collaboration with Italian Ministry of Education, Afam and Conservatories. The shows will feature various instrumentalists and 3 Orchestras made up of young students from the Conservatories identified through national selections, which will alternate with the ensemble of strings of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Orchestra and the Jazz Orchestra.
Each day of the Festival will also feature a Concert of the Evening, for a total of 14 concerts that will see the students of the major Umbrian musical institutions engage in different performances, from the evening dedicated to Opera and Bel Canto in opening until the closing with the concert of the Conservatory Jazz Orchestra.
Spoleto will also be the stage of the summer tour of Francesco De Gregori, well-known singer-songwriter and one of the most important and committed of the Italian "popular" music scene. He will perform at the Festival on 7th July, alternating the great classics of his career with real hidden gems, less known pieces rarely performed live in recent years.
The international co-production features the new version of The Beggar's Opera by John Gay and Johann Christoph Pepusch, with the musical idea of William Christie and the direction of Robert Carsen.
The dance is represented by choreographers as Lucinda Childs, Jean-Claude Gallotta and John Neumeier, while the Theater section, among others, by Adriana Asti, Corrado Augias, Alessandro Baricco, Franco Branciaroli, Lucia Calamaro, Romeo Castellucci, Victoria Chaplin Thierrée and Aurélia Thierrée, Rezo Gabriadze, Emilio Gentile, Marco Tullio Giordana, Manuela Kustermann, Silvio Orlando, Ugo Pagliai, Massimo Popolizio, Letizia Renzini, Daniele Salvo.
The Spoleto Festival also does not forget the scientific disciplines, which pays tribute to the historical-scientific exhibition "The Mystery of Origins, Myths, Transfigurations and Science" presented by the Carla Fendi Foundation and with the Fendi Prize to be awarded to distinguished scientists such as the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, Peter Higgs and François Englert, and the particles physicist and Director of CERN in Geneva Fabiola Gianotti
Tickets, promotions and free admissions
Wonderful initiative of the Festival consists in the promotion "Bring an Adult to the Theater", dedicated to children and teenagers up to 13 years old and, moreover, to all high school students residing in Spoleto. Therefore with this promotion kids will "invite" one adult to the theater and the cost of two tickets will be only € 11,00 (limited places subject to availability - maximum 6 shows).
For young aged 14 up to 30 years, there will be a 50% discount on all shows, while for those people over 65 there will be a 20% reduction (limited places subject to availability). *
The Festival is attentive to the territorial dimension and for this reason it always intends to encourage the participation of the inhabitants of the territory: a special reduction of 30% is reserved to residents of the municipality of Spoleto. In addition, for those who will stay in a hotel in Umbria because of coming from outside the area, a 20% discount on tickets is reserved. *
For the most passionate people of the Festival who want to participate in many various shows, there will be different kind of Festival Cards for various types of season tickets:
- Passpartour € 500,00 including all the show of the festival*
- I Weekend € 150,00 including all the show of the weekend 29.06-01.07*
- II Weekend € 150,00 including all the show of the weekend 06.07-08.07*
- III Weekend € 150,00 including all the show of the weekend 13.07-15.07*
- Daily € 70,00 including all the shows of a single day (in one of the following days 30th june - 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 july 2018)*
For further information about tickets, it is possible to contact the Festival booking office at the following number +39 0743 77 64 44 or at the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The concert of De Gregori on 7th July and the Jeanne d'Arc show on 15th July are excluded from the mentioned discounts, while the show The Minotaur on 29th June will have a lower reduction
Complete program in the official site of Festival