Spoleto Festival in Charleston: May 27 - 30, 2019
The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina is widely recognized as the country’s most comprehensive arts festival, and Charleston itself recently ranked for three consecutive years as Condé Nast’s foremost destination in the country. To celebrate the 42nd Anniversary season of this remarkable event, the Festival has announced a highly original season running the gamut of the performing arts. Once again we are able to offer a varied program of six major performances embracing the Festival’s creative arts. Our Tour will begin on Memorial Day – Monday, May 27th.
During the past few years, Spoleto has mounted a string of operatic successes with George Gershwin’s American classic, ‘Porgy and Bess’, Tchaikovsky’s romantic Russian opera, ‘Eugene Onegin’; and Antonio Vivaldi’s seldom encountered Baroque opera, ‘Farnace’. For 2019, we look forward to Richard Strauss’s searing 20th century opera Salome – based on Oscar Wilde’s shocking eponymous play - in the beautifully restored Charleston Gaillard Center, re-opened in 2016 after a several-year renovation.
Fulfilling a long-established tradition of presenting major theatre pieces, Spoleto will bring one of William Shakespeare’s plays performed by London’s celebrated Globe Theatre in Charleston’s intimate Dock Street Theatre. The Globe is widely recognized for its authentic re-creation of Shakespeare’s works in the original style of the Bard’s own time.
Our busy schedule will be highlighted by two of the famed Dock Street Chamber Music Concerts, justifiably the most popular element of the entire Festival due to the exceptional standards of the entire series.
Finally, two of our evenings will offer a performance by the innovative Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and a Concert of Orchestral/Choral Music (TBA).
Full details of the Festival’s program are not yet available at the time of this printing. Please note that our own schedule may be altered when all dates are announced.
Founded by composer/director Gian Carlo Menotti as a counterpart to the earlier Spoleto Festival in Italy, the U.S. performances are set against the backdrop of historic Charleston and its unparalleled antebellum charm. With plenty of time to enjoy the imposing residential areas of the city itself, you will readily appreciate why Charleston is considered the finest example of l8th-century architecture and culture in America.
Accommodations for four nights at the Mills House, Charleston’s center of activity during the Festival. The Mills House is ideally located on Meeting Street near the heart of the city. Because of the tasteful Southern comfort and the proximity to the Dock Street Theatre, this is everyone’s first choice for a traditional stay in Charleston. During the warm late spring weather, you will enjoy the hotel’s large and attractive outdoor pool area. The Barbadoes Room and two bars/lounges offer convenient dining and a range of Southern menus.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $3,350
Single Occupancy: $3,940