[image-1] Spoleto Festival USA 2019 begins so soon, Fri. May 24. Before then, though, the fest features three pre-season discussions, Spoleto Salons, that are free and open to the public. Did we mention free? The fun starts on Tues. April 30, with additional talks on Tues. May 7 and May 14. Reserve your seats ahead of time online.

Each talk takes place at the Spoleto Festival offices at 14 George St.

Spoleto Salons are designed to go into some behind-the-scenes elements of this year’s season. Each salon is moderated by CofC professor Edward Hart. This year you can look forward to:

The Ripple Effect
Tues. April 30, 5:30 p.m.
Learn more about how Spoleto has helped preserve some of Charleston’s theaters and buildings, and how the festival has served as a catalyst for creating new performing arts spaces throughout the city.

Salome, featuring directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser
Tues. May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Salome, Spoleto’s sole opera this year, will feature a brand-new version of the classic story, set in modern times. Salome is the ninth festival production from directors Caurier and Leiser and at this Salon they’ll talk about how time has influenced their career in storytelling.

Meeting Melanie
Tues. May 14, 5:30 p.m.
Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn sings the title role in this year’s production of Salome, making her full-length opera debut.

Learn more about Spoleto and the upcoming season online at spoletousa.org.

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