2014 Spoleto Festival to Include John Adams Opera and More
Festival General Director Nigel Redden announced today the program for the 38th annual Spoleto Festival USA, taking place from May 23 - June 8, 2014. Held in Charleston, South Carolina the festival includes American premieres of the opera Facing Goya by Michael Nyman, the play My Cousin Rachel presented by Dublin's Gate Theatre company, and a new staging of John Adams' opera El Niño directed by John La Bouchardière. The Festival will also present the opera directorial debut of Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a play on Broadway, in a production of Leoš Janá?ek's Kát'a Kabanová. Tickets are available to the general public on December 9 at spoletousa.org or by calling 843.579.3100.
Featuring artists from over 14 countries and across the United States, the Festival will also present a variety of new works including the United States premiere production of Ravi Jain's autobiographical play, A Brimful of Asha. Additional U.S. premiere productions will be performed by Finnish acrobat Ilona Jäntti and the Australian physical theater troupe Gravity & Other Myths. Composer Michael Gordon's work Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony will have its premiere performance with John Kennedy and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and pianist and composer Stephen Prutsman's new piano quintet will premiere during the Bank of America Chamber Music series. Making their North American debut, the Latin musical group Aca Seca Trio will perform as part of the Festival's Wells Fargo Jazz series.