Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Spoleto Festival Commemorates Menotti Centenary

The two-week performing arts blitz will feature the American premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Emilie with soprano Elizabeth Futral, a North Carolina native who has been lauded for her refined performances with prestigious companies such as the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera, in the lead.

Then there’s The Magic Flute, Mozart’s symbolism-laden opera, which will be conducted by Steven Sloane, Spoleto’s former music director.

But the sentimental favorite to garner the most robust applause is The Medium, Gian Carlo
Menotti’s two-act dramatic opera. Menotti, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, founded Spoleto in 1977 as an American companion to Festival dei Due Mondi, which he started in Spoleto, Italy, in 1958.

Menotti, who died in 2007, would have turned 100 this year. The production of The Medium will honor the centenary of his birth.

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