The 63rd edition of the Festival of Two Worlds takes place from August 20 to 23 and from August 27 to 30 this year. 

There will be eight extraordinary evenings in Piazza Duomo and at the Teatro Romano, with Italian artists who are renowned worldwide. It is a special edition with great symbolic value.   

Being a showcase of excellence for great artists and young emerging talents and a "workshop" of original creations, the Festival opens with a new production this year as well, on Thursday, August 20 in Piazza Duomo. Pier Luigi Pizzi is in charge of the direction, scenes and costumes of Claudio Monteverdi´s L´ORFEO, a work that remains a reference point for those who continue to believe in the cultural and spiritual value of this musical genre after more than four centuries. It is a fairy tale in music which touches on universal themes of indisputable relevance even nowadays. Ottavio Dantone conducts the Byzantine Academy, Antonio Greco conducts the Costanzo Porta Choir; on stage a cast of young and talented singers and dancers. The lighting design is by Massimo Gasparon and the choreography by Gino Potente.

On Friday, August 21 at the Teatro Romano, Emma Dante stages I MESSAGGERI, a concert-show based on Euripides and Sophocles, with songs and music by the Mancuso Brothers. A story which associates the messengers of Greek tragedies with our contemporary messengers, bearers of pain and mourning. A co-production Spoleto63 and Associazione Culturale Atto Unico.

Love is the protagonist of the third work inspired by the classical Myth composed by Silvia Colasanti after Minotauro and Proserpine, commissioned by the Festival. ARIANNA, FEDRA, DIDONE are three monodramas for Actress, Female Choir and Orchestra upon a text taken from Ovid´s Epistulae Heroidum, which takes place in Piazza Duomo on Saturday August 22. Isabella Ferrari plays the three women, tracing a wonderful fresco of the female universe. It is adapted and translated by René De Ceccatty. Roberto Abbado conducts the Italian Youth Orchestra and Gea Garatti conducts the International Opera Choir. The lighting design is by Fiammetta Baldiserri.

Impeccable technique and exceptional interpretative qualities distinguish the young Salentine pianist Beatrice Rana, a world-famous star in the world of international classical music. Abbiati Prize for best soloist in 2016, she will perform for the public of Spoleto in an exceptional PIANO concert, with music by Chopin. Albéniz and Ravel, at the Teatro Romano on Sunday, August23.

The second weekend of the Festival opens on Thursday  August 27 at the Teatro Romano with the memory of the greatest voice of the 20th century. Monica Bellucci in MARIA CALLAS Letters and Memories, for the first time live on an Italian stage, literally takes on the role of the singer. In the reconstructed living room of the Parisian house where Maria Callas spent the last few years of her life, she plays Maria, the woman beyond the diva, revealing her true story, across autobiographical writings, archival materials and the music she loved. The texts and direction are by Tom Volf.

In co-production with the Foundation Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Festival presents THE CREATURES OF PROMETHEUS | THE CREATURES OF CAPUCCI in Piazza Duomo on Friday, August 28. The music of The Creatures of Prometheus by Ludwig van Beethoven, unique among his works created for ballet, encounters the stylistic mark of the master of Italian fashion Roberto Capucci, who has created 15 costumes with an extraordinary visual impact for this original concert in scenic form. Prometheus, an ancient and rebellious titan, brings us back to our days, reminding us that humanity needs to be completely rebuilt. Andrea Battisoni conducts the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa. The choreographic movements are by Simona Bucci. Curated by Daniele Cipriani.

On Saturday August 29 at the Teatro Romano, Luca Zingaretti reads LA SIRENA from the story Lighea by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is a fascinating little jewel published posthumously in 1961 for Feltrinelli, set in cold Turin but where warm Sicily emerges vigorously. The dramaturgy is by Luca Zingaretti and the music by Germano Mazzocchetti.

Spoleto63 ends on Sunday, August 30 with the traditional CLOSING CONCERT in Piazza Duomo. Riccardo Muti conducts the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. Nobody more than Riccardo Muti sends out a strong signal of rebirth and love across the rigor and profoundness of his music and his innate ability to unite souls worldwide for the sake of culture. 

After Fabrizio Ferri and David LaChapelle, the photographer Paolo Roversi is the author of the image that will symbolize and guide the communication of the 63rd edition of the Festival. An image, strictly in black and white, which portrays the shadow of the actress Adriana Asti in a dramatic gesture on the steps of the Roman Theater of Spoleto and which enhances the indissoluble link between past and present.
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