The 58th edition of the Two Worlds Festival has got underway in Spoleto. Many people consider this event to be one of the cultural highlights of the Summer. This small Italian city in Umbria manages to bring in many famous artists from all over the world. A variety of plays and concerts are featured with tickets costing just one euro thanks to the Italian director Giorgio Ferrara.
“This is a big international showcase but we know these are hard times, explained Ferrara. ‘‘There is a big crisis in Italy so we decided to adapt things to cater to everyone’s needs. Prices have been kept low to allow everybody the possibility to attend the shows.’‘
Ferrara, who interpreted Mozart’s masterpiece ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ was quick to suggest that his performance here next year would be along the same lines.
“I asked myself what was the most beautiful trilogy ever written? And the answer is the Italian trilogy of “Mozart da Ponte:http://utahopera.org/backstage/2015/02/cosi-fan-tutte-lesson-1-mozart-and-the-da-ponte-trilogy/. So this year I am performing ‘Cosi fan tutte’, next year ‘the Marriage of Figaro’ and the year after that ‘Don Giovanni.’
This year more than 60,000 visitors are expected. Many are young people attracted by affordable prices and world famous artists. But Spoleto is not just a festival of lyrical music. It is a melting pot of styles and artists. One of the artists this year is Sara Baras, who is considered to be the most famous Flamenco dancer in the world. She is featuring her latest show “Voices”.
“We have tried to illustrate our own voice, explained Sara Baras. ‘‘Our own way of dancing and our style, by devoting the show to six great artists of our choice: Paco de Lucia, Camaron, Antonio Gades, Enrique Morente, Morait and Carmen Amay. I believe it is important not to forget where you come from and to try and be as honest as you can in your art.”
The Two Worlds Festival continues until July 12 with all kinds of shows and artists aiming to make the art “democratic” and affordable.