The festival, which is celebrating its 30th season, runs May 26-June 11 in Charleston, South Carolina. It was founded in 1977 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti as a counterpart to his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
The new Rom_o will star Nicole Cabelle, the winner of the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, as Juliette; Fr_d_ric Antoun will sing Rom_o. The directors are Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Deloeuil, the artistic directors of L'Op_ra Fran‹ais de New York; Tommaso Placidi will conduct. Carol Bailey will design both sets and costumes.
Spoleto USA will also revive its 2005 in-the-round production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, directed by G‹nter Kr‹mer. Festival music director Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
Dance highlights include Blind Date, an exploration of the meaning of patriotism that premiered in 2005; performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company; and a visit from choreographer Aszure Barton's company.
Larmore will appear in concert with the Westminster Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the festival orchestra. In addition to the Mozart mass, the program includes arias from operas by Bellini and Rossini.
The festival also includes a 33-concert chamber music series, orchestral concerts led by Villaume, a new-music series, and a jazz mini-festival with pianist Hank Jones and vocalist Kurt Elling.