Festival dei Due Mondi Begins in Spoleto

The 57th annual Festival dei Due Mondi returns today to Spoleto for two weeks of art, music and entertainment in the beautiful setting of the Umbrian town’s Piazza del Duomo and other city locations.

As previously reported in our round-up of June events, this year’s line-up has something for everyone:

“For opera fans, there are three for the price of one in just one night, with a combination of La Mort De Cleopatre, La Dame De Monte Carlo and Erwartung. Other notable music performances come from singer Edoardo Bennato and pianist Andrea Griminelli, who will be playing pieces from Bach and Handel.

Fans of dancing can look forward to a number of treats this year, including the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the San Francisco Ballet and a Gala of International Dance. Some special drama performances are also slotted in this year, including an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and a performance of Love Letters starring legendary French actors Anouk Aimee and Gerard Depardieu.

Adding to the eclectic line-up this year are festival exhibitions, Liz Swados' oratorio, Weather and a tribute to costume designer, Piero Tosi, which boasts a selection of artwork, photography and vintage movies.”

The Spoleto Festival continues until July 13. Spoleto is a two-hour drive from Rome and can also easily be reached by train. For more information, visit the festival's website.

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