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Spoleto Festival USA May 23 – June 8 in Charleston
For 17 days and nights beginning Friday, May 23 through Sunday, June 8, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, S.C.’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists and emerging performers. Take your choice of opera, theater, dance, and symphonic, choral, jazz, and chamber music.
This year’s highlights:
The American premiere of Michael Nyman’s contemporary opera Facing Goya directed by Ong Keng Sen and conducted by John Kennedy
A new staging of John Adams’s opera El Niño directed by John La Bouchardière and conducted by Joe Miller
The return of Dublin’s Gate Theatre with the American premiere of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic romance mystery, My Cousin Rachel, adapted for stage by Irish writer Joseph O’Connor
Dance series including the renowned contemporary ensemble Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, two programs from the tap troupe Dorrance Dance, a solo work choreographed and performed by South African dancer Gregory Maqoma, and the pop-culture infused Keigwin + Company
Physical theater productions including Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti and Australian acrobatic troupe Gravity & Other Myths’s A Simple Space
Music concerts by Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, vocalist Lucinda Williams as part of the Wells Fargo Jazz series, and Charleston’s own Shovels & Rope headlining the Wells Fargo Festival Finale