The 63rd edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) will take place between June 26 and July 12, 2020, in Spoleto. The renowned international event of music, art and culture is held every year, in Spoleto, since 1958.
The festival was created in 1958, in Spoleto, by the Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti. He chose Spoleto due to the beautiful historical center of the town, for the presence of the two theaters, Teatro Nuovo and Teatro Caio Melisso, and for the Piazza del Duomo, a beautiful open-air theater suitable for an event of such magnitude.
In 1962, the exhibition Sculpture in the city took place, one of the first major events of the festival. After the festival, some of the works were donated to the town, including the Teodelapio 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, appointed Giorgio Ferrara as the artistic director of the festival and assigned him the task of relaunching the event.
Over time, many famous artists performed on the stage of 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 venues in which the main events of the festival 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 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.