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OverviewExperience world-class music, opera, dance, theater performances and more at Charleston’s 2013 Spoleto Festival USA. During our popular tour, enjoy prime seating for seven of Spoleto’s top events and presentations by music scholar Stan Engebretson.
Our program features two operas: Matsukaze by Toshio Hosokawa, one of Japan’s most prominent living composers; and a double bill of one-act operas, Puccini’s Le Villi and Giordano’s Mese Mariano. Other performances include a debut of Le Grand C, a French circus spectacle; Ballet Flamenco by Spain’s Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia; Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a U.S. debut by the Bristol Old Vic and South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company; and concerts by Spoleto’s Chamber Music group and the Westminster Choir! You’ll attend exclusive VIP lectures and meetings with Spoleto Festival staff, including a special welcome from General Director Nigel Redden. Charleston provides a delightful backdrop as you enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city center, known for its graceful, unique architecture; dine at some of the city’s famed restaurants, including the Charleston Grille; and stay at the historic Mills House Hotel.
Smithsonian ExpertTravel in the company of exceptional music expert Stan Engebretson. Stan is director of Choral Studies at George Mason University, artistic director of the National Philharmonic Chorale, and director of music at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Read an interview with our Expert Stan Engebretson.
Special HighlightsEnjoy prime seating for seven exciting performances.Attend exclusive lectures and meetings with Spoleto Festival staff, including a special welcome from General Director Nigel Redden.Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Charleston, known for its graceful and unique architecture.Tour historic Middleton Place, a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation.
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TRAVELER COMMENT"I have often wanted to attend Spoleto. Smithsonian made it easy and more rewarding." Jolyn Tucker
"This tour has been exceptionally wonderful and far surpassed the tour description! The Spoleto events were fabulous and exciting. The entire trip was wondrous and exceptionally planned to delight and bring pleasure.” Phyllis Barash
"A superb educational experience thru the performing arts with Stan. Superb pre-briefs! I am already looking forward to next year!"