2019 Spoleto Festival to Feature a New ‘Salome’

In 1987, the directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser had their debut at the genre-hopping Spoleto Festival USA with a restaging of Richard Strauss’s operatic Oscar Wilde adaptation, “Salome,” set in 1930s Germany. This year, the pair — now festival regulars — will return with another reimagining of “Salome,” set in the present day, one of more than 140 opera, theater, dance and music performances that will take place at the 43rd iteration of the festival this spring.

The festival, in Charleston, S.C., is known for bringing together artists from many mediums. This year, it runs from May 24 through June 9. Some other highlights this year include a performance of the composer Joby Talbot’s vocal work “Path of Miracles” staged by the director John La Bouchardière, a performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and productions of the Shakespeare plays “Twelfth Night,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “Pericles” from Shakespeare’s Globe. During some of the Globe’s performances, there will be a surprise element — audience members will get to collectively choose which of the three plays they would like to see performed.

A testament to the festival’s diversity of genre is the fact that those shows will not be the only place in the festival that Shakespeare’s ideas can be heard. The conductor Evan Rogister will lead a program of selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” orchestra suites.

“We want to make people think of these as human stories rather than as a piece of dance or a piece of theater or a piece of music,” Nigel Redden, the festival’s director, said in a phone interview.

Genre-straddling musicians including the jazz singer Esperanza Spalding and the folk band the Punch Brothers, are also featured on the lineup, as is “Pay No Attention to the Girl,” Target Margin Theater’s riff on “The One Thousand and One Nights.” Naturally, they won’t be the only ones there riffing on that work: The Beirut-based company Caracalla Dance Theater will perform the United States premiere of “One Thousand and One Nights,” a dance adaptation of those stories.

A full lineup can be found at spoletousa.org.

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