Notes from Spoleto 150 pt. 2

One of the operas produced at this year’s Spoleto USA festival is Flora, an Opera. In the form of a ballad opera, Flora is significant because it is the first opera performed in the United States, making its inaugural appearance in Charleston in 1735 on the second floor of a tavern. Flora was presented again the next year in the Dock Street Theater, which was built specifically as a home for opera, music, and theater in response to the popularity of Flora.

How fitting that the first opera presented in the US is coming home to the newly renovated theater that was its first home.


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