From Spoleta Festival USA

Spoleto 2013

So much could be said about the June 7 performance of Spoleto’s double bill Mese Mariano/Le Villi. I usually focus on the singing aspect of things, but here I’ll simply say that Neil Patel’s innovative set design was breathtaking in Le Villi. Jilted maidens were presented as disturbed asylum inmates in Act II and peeled off a periwinkle floral backdrop to reveal padded walls. It was both brilliant and eerie!

Spoleto Festival USA Box Office Opens Today The American counterpart to the  Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy takes place every year in Charleston, SC.  This year the opera offerings include Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Menotti’s The Medium, and a newer opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho called Emilie.  (Lyon 2010 review above)  Émilie Kaija Saariaho, Composer Amin Maalouf, Librettist American Premiere Venue: Memminger Auditorium Price: Price: $25 – $80 Description: Émilie du Châtelet was larger than life: lover of Voltaire, among others; esteemed physicist who first defined kinetic energy; respected mathematician and translator of Newton’s Principia Mathematica; author of a treatise on the happiness of women; inventor…