Festival dei Due Mondi – Spoleto
Musik- och operafestival i Spoleto Italien. 2016 anordnas festivalen mellan 24 juni – 10 juli.
Following Menotti’s death in 2007, changes occurred in the administration with the result that the Italian Minister of Cultural Affairs appointed a new Artistic Administrator who continues to run the Festival.
The Italian Festival’s location and activities
Because Spoleto was a small town, where real estate and other goods and services were at the time relatively inexpensive, and also because there are two indoor theatres, a Roman theatre and many other spaces, it was chosen by Menotti as the venue for an arts festival. It is also fairly close to Rome, with good rail connections.
The festival developed into one of the most important cultural manifestations in Italy, with a three-week schedule of music, theatre and dance performances. For some time it became a reference point for modern sculpture exhibits, and works of art left to the city by Alexander Calder (“Teodolapio”) and others are a testimony to this, but for a variety of reasons, including loss of funds and the birth of many similar festivals throughout Italy, the Spoleto Festival has now lost some of its international prominence; however, it remains a very important cultural event.[according to whom?]
Changes in administration
Following Menotti’s death in February 2007, the city administrations of Spoleto and Charleston started talks to re-unite the two festivals, which resulted in the Mayor of Spoleto, Massimo Brunini, attending the opening ceremony of Spoleto Festival USA in May 2008.
However, at the time of the 2007 Festival, the President and Artistic Director was Menotti’s adopted son, Francis “Chip” Menotti and, in the fall of 2007, the Italian Minister of Cultural Affairs, Francesco Rutelli—after unsuccessful negotiations with Menotti—removed him from his position and named Giorgio Ferrara new artistic director of the festival. This has resulted in continuing controversy between representatives of the “old” and “new” managements of the Festival, as exemplified by the maintenance of a website critical of the former management, which can be seen below.
Prominent artists who have been involved
- Luchino Visconti
- Eduardo De Filippo
- Rudolf Nureyev
- Carla Fracci
- Thomas Schippers
- Romolo Valli
- Ken Russell
- Nino Rota
- Roman Polanski
- Ezra Pound
- Vittorio Gassman
- Arnoldo Foà
- Luciano Pavarotti
- Joaquin Cortes
- Ralph Farris