Opera is integral to Spoleto Festival USA. Festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti was an opera composer. And for most of its 42 seasons, Spoleto Festival has offered at least two productions, sometimes familiar works, sometimes obscure ones.

Five years ago, the Westminster Choir performed J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” at Spoleto Festival USA to broad acclaim. This year the choir will perform St. John’s telling of the crucifixion of Christ, again under the direction of Joe Miller.

Some people might recoil at the idea of revisiting their teenage diaries in a public forum. But for Cora Bissett, who shot to stardom as the teenage lead singer of the Scottish indie-rock band Darlingheart, turning her diaries into a stage show helped her understand her formative years.

Informed by folk and Americana music, and featuring fresh harmonies and a mastery of their stringed instruments, I’m With Her has created a sound both innovative and rooted in tradition.

The Westminster Choir, long a cornerstone of Spoleto Festival USA, typically gets a good opera workout. The young singers form the choruses needed to present original festival opera productions. But this year, with the Sottile Theatre closed for renovation, an important opera venue is not av…

Upon her death in 2017, jazz matriarch and pianist Geri Allen left behind a career that spanned three decades, over 40 albums, a Grammy nomination and an immeasurable contribution to the landscape of music.

The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is comprised of about 50 percent newcomers and 50 percent returning players, configured anew each year through a rigorous audition process. This is likely the most competitive festival in the country for young orchestra musicians, and many of the players wh…

This year marks the sixth appearance of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at Spoleto Festival USA. Much has changed for the company since its first Charleston performance. One thing that hasn’t is the constant innovation of Bill T. Jones’ work.

What does the handbell bring to mind? Perhaps it’s church or Christmas or white gloves or Hershey's Kisses. Part of the mission of handbell ensemble Palmetto Bronze is to shift perceptions of their favorite instrument.

Spoleto Festival Wardrobe Director Carolyn Kostopoulos has a keen eye for detail, and that trait enables her, with help from the festival's talented performing artists, to transform costumes into characters.

Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms has been performed so regularly that it’s easy to forget that it’s awfully hard. I’ve done this piece so I’m not unsympathetic to the difficulties — and there are many — that Brahms places on the human voice.

“The Complete History of Charleston for Morons” debuted in 2006, two years before Barack Obama was elected president, and the show still feels trapped in the Bush era. While some of the myriad pop culture references the show trades in have aged surprisingly well (it turns out jokes about Mel…