New season of Spoleto Festival USA opens Friday

May 19, 2014 1655

The new season of the Spoleto Festival USA lights up stages across Charleston beginning on Friday. Here's a guide to this year's edition of the internationally known arts festival.

A bit of history

— Spoleto was founded in Charleston in 1977 by the renowned composer Gian Carlo Menotti, modeled after and as a companion to his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Menotti left the Charleston festival in 1993 in a dispute over his successor. He died in 2007 at age 95.

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