“This evening, with the concert in Piazza Duomo directed by Maestro Riccardo Muti, the 13-year cycle of my artistic direction of the Festival of Spoleto ends.
The results are for all the world to see, first of all thanks to my extraordinary team of collaborators, the workers, the many national and international artists, the ever-growing public and the public and private supporters who have accompanied me over the years.
Personally, I am proud to have started this wonderful adventure in a moment of serious decline for the event and to have managed to bring it back to life with the help of everyone.
In this spirit I pass the baton to Ms. Monique Veaute, certain that she will direct this festival as in the best traditions and hopefully with skills of experience and endurance. Good luck to her and to all of us who are on the threshold of an autumn that might not be easy.” (Giorgio Ferrara)