Rome's newspaper "Il Messaggero" reported yesterday, Apr. 27, that Leonardo Di Caprio and Al Pacino are expected to perform at the forthcoming "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Spoleto, Central Italy.
In an exclusive interview, Gian Carlo Menotti, the founder of the prestigious Festival, now in its 41st edition, declared that he appreciated Di Caprio's performance in Bartz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet, and thought to invite him for a reading of Shakespeare poetry. A Spoleto spokeswoman told Playbill On-Line that Di Caprio's agent showed a certain interest in Menotti's proposal, and negotiations are under way to bring the teen-ager idol and Titanic star to an Italian stage, even if for a one-night only event.
Also expected in Spoleto is Al Pacino, who had already been invited last year, but cancelled his appointment at the last minute. Pacino was a guest of the Italian Festival in one of its early editions.
The 1998 programme of Spoleto's "Festival dei Due Mondi" will be officially unveiled May 27. According to Menotti's anticipations, the programme will include Maurice Bejart's new company, Chinese director Zhang Yuan's latest show East Palace, West Palace and Lou Conte's Chicago Hubbard Street Dance company. The Spoleto Festival will run from June 26 to July 12.
-- By Stefano Curti