Nigel Redden, General Director of Spoleto USA
Peter Frank Edwards

Cavalli's Opera Brought to Life 350 Years After Its Last Performance

Francesco Cavalli’s opera Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona is tangled with passionate love stories and comical mistaken identities. This season, a new performance edition commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA makes its debut, created and conducted by early music specialist Aaron Carpenè and performed by members of New York Baroque Incorporated. As Spoleto USA's General Director Nigel Redden tells Miles Hoffman, this is the first performance of Veremonda in 350 years.
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The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001 will get another day in court after prosecutors agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique.

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To the untrained eye, pork roll looks like Canadian bacon. But New Jersey residents know better.

Carlos Aguirre
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College of Charleston ethnomusicologist Michael O'Brien tells Jeanette Guinn about the musical culture that has shaped Aguirre's approach to jazz.


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Roy Thomas
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  This week on South Carolina Focus, we talk with Roy Thomas, who wrote and edited The Avengers, among other titles, for Marvel Comics, and who recently authored the colorful tome “75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen.” The St. Matthews, SC, resident talks about the new blockbuster movie “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” featuring the title villain he created, and gives us a glimpse into the world of comics with the “true” origin of the Avengers, inspired more by printers’ deadlines than a brainstorm for a new “dream team” of heroes.


  Charlie Chaplin’s pinnacle film City Lights—a masterpiece from the end of the silent film era—comes alive in a screening accompanied by a live orchestra performing Chaplin’s own score. Performing in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, which opened as a movie house just a few years before City Lights came out in 1931, Conductor William Eddins leads the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Chaplin’s charming and heartfelt music. He talks with Jeanette Guinn about the movie, the score, and conducting "City Lights."


Camden, N.J., has long been known for its poverty and violence. But President Obama gave it a new label this week, calling the city, "a symbol of promise for the nation."

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Nigel Redden, General Director of Spoleto USA
Peter Frank Edwards

  Francesco Cavalli’s opera Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona is tangled with passionate love stories and comical mistaken identities. This season, a new performance edition commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA makes its debut, created and conducted by early music specialist Aaron Carpenè and performed by members of New York Baroque Incorporated. As Spoleto USA's General Director Nigel Redden tells Miles Hoffman, this is the first performance of Veremonda in 350 years.


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