festival musicali umbria




(28 JUNE-14 JULY 2024)

From 28 June to 14 July 2024, the event that hosts the best performing experiences at an international level returns to Spoleto, enhancing theatres, outdoor spaces and unconventional places, which the city offers in a unique concentration in Italy.

Now in its 67th edition, the Festival will transform the city into a real stage that will host opera, music, theater and dance performances, exhibitions, cinematographic events and many guests.

The Spoleto Festival confirms its original character and the prestige of an important international event. A historic meeting place between different cultures, today it offers a consolidated showcase for great and emerging artists and above all it is an unstoppable workshop of original productions.

At the center of the program are two works and two original readings: Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss, entrusted to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and its director Iván Fischer, and Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck directed by Damiano Michieletto and the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The myth guides the reflection of this edition, as a cultural element that forces us to confront questions that are by definition unresolved, as an expression of the complex relationship between individuals and society, of experiences that resonate collectively and in which we recognize ourselves and which are at the basis of Western civilization.

The French director Jeanne Candel is inspired by Baùbo, the midday concerts
they lead us to explore their musical archetypes with artists such as JACK Quartet, La Lira di Orfeo, the musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Perugia Chamber Orchestra. Alessandro Baricco presents the world premiere of his “Brief and heretical History of Classical Music” with The curious inheritance of Orpheus.

Daniel Lopatin, known as Oneohtrix Point Never, one of the most influential names in international electronics, will be present at the Festival exclusively in Italy. Lizz Wright’s soothing voice scores
an unmissable event with African-American music. She opens the Jazz Club at the Church of Sant’Agata.

Special guest of the Festival is Isabelle Adjani who gives voice to the texts of giants of French and Italian literature. The attention towards young directors and playwrights brings director Antonio Latella back to work with the students of the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts for four new shows. The return of Davide Enia is expected with a portrait of his Palermo.

Dance breaks out with the world star Friedemann Vogel, a new creation by Wayne McGregor, a great production in Piazza Duomo by Yoann Bourgeois, accompanied by another electronic star, the musician Hania Rani, and again with Mehdi Kerkouche, one of most acclaimed talents of the moment, and Dimitri Chamblas with Kim Gordon, bassist of Sonic Youth. A new and powerful immersive experience is signed by the duo Adrien M & Claire B. There are many events for the city: Stefano Mancuso returns for a new lectio magistralis while the dancers of the Il Posto company transform the vertical surfaces of the city’s buildings into a stage. Finally, a musical educational project for primary school children was born.

The work of the Carla Fendi Foundation also continues with an exhibition by the photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez who reinterprets some precious costumes from the historical archive of the Festival dei Due Mondi and that of Monini with the concerts and the many initiatives of Casa Menotti. At Palazzo Collicola the exhibition of Chiara Camoni, author of the manifesto, and those in collaboration with Mahler & LeWitt Studios.