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The Festival of the two Worlds of Spoleto

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Brief chronicle of a Festival, from 1958 to today

It's the prince cultural event of Spoleto, a rich assortment of shows that space from the dance to the work, from the poetry to the prose and the ballet, without forgetting the cinema and the visual arts. Beginning from 1958 it has earned the attention of public and criticism, confirming itself year after year as one of the main appointments within the avat-garde and the artistic experimentation. In the period in which develops the Spoleto Festival, roads, squares, theatres and buildings all become animated of characters, celebrity, artists and shows that contribute to create a saturated magic atmosphere. The natural scenery that Spoleto offers and its stage spaces don't have peers, in which shows are prepared innovative and original sets.

Since the first edition in 1958 it's immediately evident the innovative feature of the demonstration and its vocation to give form to the most different artistic expressions. The first put in scene is the "Macbeth" of Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Luchino Visconti, who will return again to the Festival of Spoleto in 1961 to take care of the regal "Salomč" of Wilde and in 1963 for the scenes of the "Traviata". The program also included " Il Giuoco del Barone ", with scenes, customs and regal of Franco Zeffirelli. In 1962 it is the time of Roberto Rossellini, called for the regal one of " Carabinieri ", text in prose of Beniamino Joppolo. 1964 is the great year of Rudolf Nureyev, who in Spoleto has the opportunity to create his first choreography for her "Raymonda" of Glazunov. The following year is the poetry to make the part of the lion. At Spoleto they meet intellectual coming from every nation gathering names of the calibre of P Pier Paolo Pasolini, Quasimodo, Ezra Pound, Ferlinghetti and Evghenij Yevtushenko. In 1967 is assisted to an uproarious theatrical preparation of the text " Il Principe Costante ", directed by Jerzy Grotowski. The poets return again among which Giuseppe Ungaretti e Allen Ginsberg. Memorable edition was that of 1973, where two shows were imposed on all the others, " La Manon Lescaut ", with the direction once more of Luchino Visconti, and "Celebration". Criticism was in delirium and public in rapture. The show that receives the most greater attentions in 1974 is "Lulu" of Alban Berg, directed by Roman Polanski, while in the 1977 Eduardo De Filippo transforms his " Napoli Milionaria " in a lyric work whose music will be composed by Nino Rota. Passing to 1986, the edition opens with a text in prose, "Fröken Julie", of Strindberg directed by Ingmar Bergman. In 1988 it is present again Roman Polanski, who interpret the role of Gregor Samsa in the famous story of Franz Kafka " La Metamorfosi ". Other memorable year is 1990, when besides the poets Allen Ginsberg and Mario Luzi, Spoleto meet the Nobel Renato Dulbecco, Umberto Eco and Sebastian Matta. The following year, in the section devoted to the science, among other known authors, it arouses particular interest the writer Ray Bradbury's presence, to who a homage will be devoted in the section Cinema. In 1999 it's to Spoleto the Nobel prize for the literature Dario Fo, to introduce in preview his last job, " Lu Santu Jullare Francesco ", a very personal reading of the life of the Saint of Assisi. The last editions have proposed a rare original edition of the "Macbeth" of 1847, a great placard of lyric with the presence of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and the pleasant return of Arnoldo Foŕ after an absence lasted twenty years.

In almost half century of life the Festival of the Two Worlds has never disappointed, always introducing every year a placard of events to the level of the best expectations. The brief chronology passed in rapids review can make the idea of the spirit of a demonstration very open to the novelties and to the experimentation, exploring in every direction new solutions for all of what concerns the artistic elaboration always proposing the best results that the culture of the whole planet is able to offer.
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