01 Jun 2010
Spoleto So Far: intense piano music, funny dance, a spare opera and a change at the top
The town’s name itself “Baden-Baden” (named after Count Baden) sounds already enticing. Built against the old railway station, its Festspielhaus programs the biggest stars in opera for Germany’s largest auditorium. A Mecca for music lovers, this festival house doesn’t have its own ensemble, but through its generous sponsoring brings the great productions to the dreamy idylle.
By Jeffrey Day [Free Times, 1June 2010]
Even after going to the Spoleto Festival for 20 years now, I kind of freak out about everything I’ve jammed into my schedule — usually 15 performances in five days — and how little I really know about most of it. The first day is nuts, but the second day I feel like I’ve been there for a week, and by that time I’ve seen something really good or at least interesting.