Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) is a renowned international event of music, art and culture held every year in Spoleto, since 1958.
Over time, many famous artists attended the festival. Of these, we can mention the name of the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the American playwright Tennessee Williams, the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the film director Roman Polanski, the Spanish ballet dancer Joaquín Cortés, the composer Nino Rota, the Italian director Luchino Visconti and the American poet Ezra Pound.
The festival was created by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1958. He chose Spoleto due to the beautiful historical center of the town, for the presence of the two theatres, Teatro Nuovo and Teatro Caio Melisso, and for the Piazza del Duomo, a beautiful open-air theatre suitable for an event of this magnitude.
In 1962, one of the first major events of the festival took place, the exhibition Sculpture in the city. After the festival, some of the works were donated to the town, including the Theodelapio made by Alexander Calder.
Starting with the mid-nineties and until 2007, the artistic director of the festival was the adopted son of Gian Carlo Menotti, Francis Menotti. In autumn 2007, the minister of cultural heritage, Francesco Rutelli, assigned Giorgio Ferrara the task of relaunching the event and appointed him artistic director.
The venues in which the events included in the festival program take place are: the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti and Teatro Caio Melisso for concerts and operas, the Roman Theater for ballet shows, the Teatrino delle Sei for avant-garde performances, modern dance, exhibitions, installations, performances and concerts, the monumental complex of San Nicolò for conferences, shows and concerts, the Rocca Albornoziana for concerts, and the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, for the Dance Marathon, the Gala and the closing concerts.
The 62nd edition of the SPOLETO FESTIVAL DEI DUE MONDI will take place between June 28 and July 14, 2019.