"1959 is an important year because the Festival is announced with a progressive number, 2nd Festival of Two Worlds. This is a signal, uncertain as it may seem, to want to go ahead on the thrust of the success from the previous year," Sandro Morichelli and Gianni Toscano wrote in 1987.
The latter was the communist mayor who had started the event in 1958 by welcoming the "Americans" who followed Gian Carlo Menotti with open arms. The second Festival of Spoleto is prepared in the background of a town where the need and the first signs of a profound change on both economic and infrastructure level are evident. Together with the experimentation of new formulas of shows such as Album Leaves by director Steven Vinaver and Fogli dŽAlbum directed by Franco Zeffirelli, there is a pressing need for new spaces to use for the theater, for exhibitions as well as for stagecraft laboratories and offices designated for the organization. There is also talk about converting the Rocca Albornoziana for cultural purposes "1959 is even the year of the invention of the Concert in Piazza del Duomo - writes Maurizio Modugno - we do not know to whom we owe this: perhaps Schippers himself may have borrowed the idea from Tanglewood, Ravinia, from evenings at Lewisohn Stadium or at Aix-en-Provence. But certainly it immediately becomes an event of great musical and personnel appeal for Tommy and for Spoleto".
On the occasion of the 61st edition of the Festival of Two Worlds, continuing on a project started for the 60th edition, through a conference, a book, and an exhibition, we retrace extraordinary moments of the history of the town to reread the origins of the event, understand the inheritance in the present and trace future scenarios.
Monday and Thursday 08:00-14:00 / 14:30-17:20
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 08:00-14:00