March 15, 2010 2:00 am

Guide: Arts around the world

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New York

Hamlet

Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet - which opens at the Metropolitan Opera tomorrow in a production by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser - feels more French 19th-century opera than Elizabethan tragedy, librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier having cut many of Shakespeare's characters and incidents. Simon Keenlyside is the titular hero, a role he sung to great acclaim during the production's Covent Garden run back in 2003. Marlis Petersen sings the part of Ophélie, and Louis Langrée conducts. Performances run until April 9.

www.metoperafamily.org

New York

Corella Ballet

On Wednesday, Angel Corella's newly formed Corella Ballet Castilla y León, the first fully classical ballet company in Spain, has its American debut at City Center. The programme features works by Leonid Lavrovsky, Christopher Wheeldon, Vladimir Vasiliov and Natalia Kasatkina, the well-regarded flamenco choreographer Maria Pages and Angel Corella himself, in "String Sextet", his choreographic debut set to Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir from Florence". There are additional performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a Saturday matinee featuring Russell Ducker's "Epimetheus".

www.nycitycenter.org

Dubai

Edge of Arabia

The touring exhibition of contemporary Saudi Arabian art moves from Riyadh to the fourth annual Art Dubai fair on Wednesday. The works displayed span painting, printmaking, photography, video and mixed media. On Friday, exhibiting artists Faisal Samra and Abdulnasser Gharem and co-curator Dr Ahmed Mater Aseeri are in conversation with Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi and the author Henry Hemming. Edge of Arabia travels to Berlin for its Biennale in June and to the Contemporary Istanbul art fair in November. Art Dubai runs until Saturday.

www.edgeofarabia.com

www.artdubai.ae

Paris

Faust

On Wednesday, Philippe Fénelon's 2007 opera comes to the Palais Garnier from Toulouse, where its premiere received mixed reviews. The contemporary composer's Faust is based on the 19th-century Hungarian-Austrian poet Nikolaus Lenau's version. Arnold Bezuyen takes the titular role, Robert Bork is Méphistophélès and Gilles Ragon is Görg. Director Pet Halmen's set features a skull so big several cast members can gather comfortably inside it. Performances will run until March 31.

www.operadeparis.fr

New York

Tutankhamun's Funeral

From tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum exhibits remains from the mummification and funeral of Tutankhamun in about 1327BC, which were unearthed and given to the Museum by Theodore M. Davis in the early 1900s. Among the ancient artefacts are pottery vessels from the funeral meal, linen sheets, bandages and collars of real flowers made to adorn the mummy. Also on display are a sculpted head of the young pharaoh and facsimile paintings of contemporary funeral rituals. The exhibition continues until September 6.

www.metmuseum.org

Bilbao

Anish Kapoor

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao stages a mid-career retrospective of the work of Anish Kapoor from tomorrow. Transferring from London's Royal Academy of Arts, it becomes the first large-scale survey of the former Turner Prize-winner's work to open in Spain. Highlights include the dramatic, crowd-pulling installation "Shooting into the Corner": a cannon that fires large wads of red wax on to the walls. Exhibition continues until October 12.

www.guggenheim-bilbao.es

London

Christen Kobke

London's National Gallery stages the first exhibition outside Denmark to focus on the paintings of Christen Kobke (1810-1848) on Wednesday. The 40 works on display include landscapes, portraits and depictions of his native Copenhagen. Subtitled 'Danish Master of Light', the show focuses on the artist's treatment of atmosphere and his innovative outdoor sketching - a method Monet and his fellow Impressionists made popular some 30 years later. The exhibition continues until June 13, when it transfers to the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, from July 4.

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Chicago

Mitsuko Uchida

The pianist-conductor joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for recitals of Mozart on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Symphony Center. Uchida, a renowned Mozart interpreter, made her name in the early 1980s with a complete cycle of Mozart's sonatas at London's Wigmore Hall. The programme for all three concerts consists of the lyrical Piano Concerto No. 17, Divertimento in F Major and Piano Concerto No. 27 - Mozart's final concerto. Thursday's and Saturday's performances are at the Grainger Ballroom, and Friday's performance is in the afternoon, at the Armour Stage.

cso.org

Hong Kong

On The Waterfront

After well-received Nottingham, Edinburgh and London West End runs, the stage version of the Oscar-winning film - adapted by its original screenwriter Budd Schulberg - plays at the Lyric Theatre this week, as part of Hong Kong Arts Festival. Steven Berkoff directs and takes the part of Mob boss Johnny Friendly, and Simon Merrells that of the beleaguered boxer Terry Malloy - a role played to Oscar-winning acclaim by Marlon Brando. Performances run until March 30.

www.hkapa.edu

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