I'll be returning to Spoleto, Italy, this summer, singing with the Umbrian Serenades, an amazing cultural/choral program. I can't wait! Here are some photos of a wonderful theatre in town, the Teatro Caio Melliso, which was built in the 17th century. You enter the doors above off the piazza and see the ceiling in the photo below.
A short passage leads you into a beautifully painted room, which serves as an anteroom to the theatre itself. The theatre seats around 300 people.
A touch of modernity on the steps leading into the theatre itself.
The photos don't quite reveal that the drapery is - in fact - painted- a nice touch! The stage itself is raked, which can be quite challenging work on. However, this does allow everyone in the house to see the performers.
The first time I was in this theatre was in 1985 for a recital. I snuck into the uppermost balcony which was closed for renovations to hear a recital by a colleague who sang in Puccini's Fanciulla del West with the Spoleto Festival. It was glorious- the recital that is. The opera? It was a complete hoot, with direction by Bruce Beresford, and was mounted at the Teatro Nuovo, the big theatre in town. Caio Melliso, however, is a jewel.
The Umbrian Serenades awaits! Come join us!