After Spoleto founder Gian Carlo Menotti’s death on Feb. 1, the festival promised a Menotti tribute of some form or another in this year’s artistic program. Not a peep has emerged from 44 George St. since then on the subject, but as I suggested right after the announcement, Menotti fanboys (is there such a thing?) are advised to keep their expectations firmly in check. Spoleto’s already got three operas to produce, four dance programs, a quartet of theatrical offerings, and Philip Glass to accommodate. With all due respect, slobbering over a dead Italian opera composer who once fired Spoleto’s current general manager is probably not at the tippy top of their To Do list.
For the moment, the only nod to the composer has come from Piccolo, which is presenting a concert version, with the CSO and guest soloists, of his 1950s teleplay-opera Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Be that as it may, some kind of Menotti-themed programming is evidently still in the works. This Spoleto critic bumped into Paula Edwards, director of marketing and PR for the festival, at Modernisme gallery last Saturday (a cozy jazz concert from the sublime Leah Suarez and friends, since you asked). Shamelessly pressed on the subject, Edwards demurred on giving up any details, but promised an announcement “sometime this week.”
You’ll know when we do.