Il Barbiere di Siviglia
The tale of Figaro, the wily barber who helps Count Almaviva elope with the beautiful Rosina, is one of Rossini’s most celebrated operas, having received countless productions since its premiere in Rome in 1816. This week, Paris Opera revives Coline Serreau’s 2002 Moorish-set production at the Opéra Bastille. George Petean is Figaro and Shawn Mathey is Almaviva, while Maria Bayo takes the part of Rosina. The first performance is on Friday, after which stagings will continue until May 29.
The work of the artist, poet and playwright Oskar Kokoschka is on show at the Albertina, almost 100 years after his first solo show. About 140 paintings feature in this exhibition, which largely focuses on his later works, created in the decades after he fled Austria (he was among the artists labelled as “degenerate” by the Nazis). Kokoschka, who died in 1980, is regarded as the third in a trio of great 20th-century Viennese artists, alongside Klimt and Schiele. He focused on portraiture and his subjects ranged from Viennese celebrities to those closer to him, including Alma Mahler, the composer’s widow; one of his most celebrated works, “The Tempest” of 1913, is based on their relationship. Exile and New Home, 1934-80 continues until July 13.
Starting tomorrow, Dresden’s annual film festival will showcase short films from around the world. Screenings take place across the city until Sunday, after which the films will tour Germany. Genres range from documentary to animation, and contributing countries range from Hungary to Japan. Special programmes focus – among other themes – on British animation, puppet films from Moscow and recent Chinese shorts. Eclectic, certainly, and probably unmissable for those with short attention spans. Ends Sunday.
Dave Grohl, former drummer for the grunge megastars Nirvana, formed Foo Fighters in 1995, following the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. This spring the band take their melodic, guitar-heavy rock on tour to support their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Tomorrow and Wednesday they take to the stage in Zepp, Osaka, before continuing to Australia and Europe, ending in Canada this September.
Olafur Eliasson/Jazz Score
The Museum of Modern Art unveils two new shows this week. On view from Sunday, the work of the Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson, whose eccentric constructions shift the viewer’s perception of space, is celebrated in Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson. From sculptures to photographs and site- specific installations that contain light projections – using mirrors and materials such as stone and water – Eliasson recreates the landscapes of his native Scandinavia, mixing nature and culture to transform the gallery into a space where viewers confront elements of everyday life. The show spans 15 years of Eliasson’s career. Until June 30. The second opening at MoMA this week is Jazz Score, which traces how the introduction of contemporary jazz to film scoring in the mid-20th century affected world cinema. Combining a gallery installation, a film retrospective, panel discussions and live concerts, Jazz Score explores how musicians such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones worked with the likes of Elmer Bernstein and other Hollywood composers to use jazz – from hard bop to Afro-Cuban jazz – in films. Runs until September 15.
The annual Ballet Week at Munich’s National Theatre showcases the Bavarian State Ballet. Performances range across a classical, neoclassical and contemporary programme. The Terpsichore Gala VII, dedicated to the memory of the choreographer John Cranko, will be a highlight of the week. The gala will consist solely of Cranko’s works, with Onegin being performed tonight and other works, including The Lady and the Fool and Romeo and Juliet, playing later this week. Leading Munich soloists will also dance lesser-known Cranko ballets, including Legende, Ebony Concerto and Holberg Pas de Deux. The week’s final performances will include Le Corsaire, The Tempest and Swan Lake. Continues until Saturday.
Blood on Paper: the Art of the Book
Opening tomorrow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, this exhibition offers a chance to see inside the world of contemporary artists’ books. On show will be 60 works by 38 artists, from Matisse, Braque, Picasso and numerous others working in Paris after the second world war to practising artists including Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst and Anselm Kiefer, who has created a two-metre-high book entitled The Secret Life of Plants especially for the show. Anthony Caro’s 2004 sculpture series Open Secrets will also be showcased here.
Macbeth at La Scala
Verdi’s Macbeth was premiered in Florence in 1847, the first of his operas to be based on Shakespeare’s plays. This, Graham Vick’s 1997 production, returns to La Scala conducted by Kazushi Ono. Leo Nucci and Ivan Inverardi share the title role and Violeta Urmana and Susan Neves share the role of Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Walter Fraccaro and Jeong Won Lee in the role of Macduff. Performances continue until the end of the month.
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