The 2020 Spoleto Festival USA scheduled for May 22 – June 7 has been canceled due to the recommendations regarding public assembly and the Coronavirus/COVID – 19 pandemic.

For 43 years, Spoleto Festival USA has gathered artists of all kinds, turning Charleston, South Carolina, into a cultural haven–a place where opera, dance, theater, and music converge for a 17-day celebration of artistic innovation and tradition. The 2020 season, originally scheduled to take place May 22 to June 7, was slated to feature world premieres and surprising creations–not least its landmark commissioned opera, Omar; the highly anticipated romantic comedy from director Emma Rice, Romantics Anonymous; and a unique pairing of Gesualdo’s Responsoria with modern American photography.

Since the first Spoleto Festival in 1978, excitement builds in the city each spring as world class artists fill Charleston with inspiring, uplifting performances. For 17 days and nights, Spoleto Festival USA draws people from around the world to experience the light and beauty of the arts, with renowned artists and emerging performers in disciplines ranging from opera, theatre, music theatre, dance and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music, as well as the visual arts. Attendance each year runs between 70,000 and 80,000.

The Festival was also to include:
Attend Live interviews with Festival artists during “Conversations With,” a series of interviews by CBS News journalist, Martha Teichner. These stimulating exchanges about the artist’s creative processes will be held during Spoleto at various locations. Conversations are free to attend, but seats must be reserved.

On May 22, 23 and 24, The Scottish Ballet was to perform The Crucible in the Galliard Center. Choreographed by Helen Pickett and accompanied by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. This highly anticipated event is a Festival highlight.

Machine de Cirque unveils its United States premiere June 2-7, in the Memminger Auditorium. A Quebec-based contemporary circus extravaganza, seven acrobats pull out all the stops to immerse the audience in collective bewilderment. Quebec-based Machine de Cirque makes its Spoleto debut with breathtaking feats and live music for a performance that’s at once playful, poetic, and just a bit perilous.

An annual favorite, the Westminster Choir was to perform two concerts on May 23 and 30, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church. Attendees will hear these pristine voices of the Festival’s acclaimed choir-in-residence soar in purity and bliss. Conducted by Joe Miller, the Festival’s director for choral activities, this esteemed ensemble offers selections from its rich and widely varied repertoire.

Always highly anticipated, the Wells Fargo Cistern Finale was to be held in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard and was to feature The War and Treaty, the husband and wife duo, Michael and Tanya Trotter.

Next year’s Spoleto Festival dates have been set and we look forward to seeing you May 28 to June 13, 2021!

To show your support please consider making a donation to help offset the loss of the 2020 season and ensure a bright future. To purchase tickets or see a complete list of performances and venues, please visit, or call 843-579-3100.