Spoleto Festival USA is an annual performing arts festival in Charleston, and one of the largest in the US. Founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1977, this festival has the best of Italian arts combined with Charleston’s charm. The 17-day event showcases established and emerging talent, with over 150 performances of jazz, classical music, opera, dance and theater. Spoleto Festival USA’s mission is to present high-caliber performances while cultivating and encouraging a community of young artists and contemporary innovation. Past performers have included Renee Fleming, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yo-Yo Ma.