Miranda Colchester and Rufus Sewell in Tom Stoppard’s ‘‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’’ in London.
Miranda Colchester and Rufus Sewell in Tom Stoppard’s ‘‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’’ in London. (Johan Persson / New York Times)

New opera, Stoppard, settings

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Globe Correspondent / July 16, 2006

Glimmerglass Opera
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. Through Aug. 29

This year's festival opened July 7 with a new production of ``The Pirates of Penzance." It continues in repertory with new productions of two other classics: Rossini's ``The Barber of Seville " and Janacek's ``Jenufa," both with projected English titles . The latter marks the return to Glimmerglass of director Jonathan Miller . The highlight of Glimmerglass this year is the world premiere of ``The Greater Good " by composer Stephen Hartke . The opera is an adaptation of Maupaussant's celebrated short story ``Boule de Suif," set during the Franco-Prussian War.

7300 State Highway 80. 607-547-5704.

`Rembrandt 400 '

AMSTERDAM Through Dec. 31

In celebration of Rembrandt's 400th birthday, the Rijksmuseum is presenting an array of exhibitions honoring the Baroque master. English filmmaker Peter Greenaway's ``Nightwatching," which runs through Aug. 6, is a theatrical installation inspired by Rembrandt's celebrated painting ``The Nightwatch. " That canvas is among the many notable paintings to be found in ``The Masterpieces ," which runs through the end of the year and which includes works by such other Dutch artists as Vermeer , van Ruisdael , and Steen . Rembrandt was also a master draftsman, of course, and the Rijksmuseum is presenting in two installations the 60 drawings of his in its collection: ``The Storyteller," which runs Aug. 11-Oct. 11, and ``The Observer ," Oct. 14-Dec. 31.

Jan Luijkenstraat 1. 011-31-20-674-7000. .

` Rock `n' Roll'
Duke of York's Theatre

LONDON July 22-Sept. 24

The opening of any new Tom Stoppard play is an event. His latest, ``Rock `n' Roll," has lived up to expectations. It opened last month to glowing reviews at London's Royal Court Theatre . The production now takes up new quarters at the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited run. Starring Brian Cox , Sinead Cusack , and Rufus Sewell , and directed by Trevor Nunn , the play offers Stoppard's usual intellectual fireworks but this time with a stronger emotional grounding. It involves two other great Stoppard passions: his love of rock music and loathing of Soviet Communism. From 1968- 90, love and ideology intersect in the lives of three generations of the family of a Cambridge political scientist who's a Marxist.

St Martin's Lane. 011-44-870-060-6623.

Musée du Quai Branly

The location is prime, a block from the Eiffel Tower. The price tag is impressive, $295 million. The design, by architect Jean Nouvel , is controversial. As the first big museum to open in Paris since 1986, the Musée du Quai Branly has been in operation for less than a month and it's already generated great, and not always admiring, attention. Its collection, which is devoted to non-Western art, numbers some 300,000 objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

37 quai Branly. 011-33-1-56-61-7000.

Guthrie Theater
MINNEAPOLIS Another important cultural building by Nouvel opened last month, a $125 million complex for Minneapolis' s Guthrie Theater, one of the nation's foremost regional theater companies. Dramatically sited on the Mississippi River, the metal-and-glass structure comprises three theaters, as well as rehearsal rooms, classroom space, administrative offices, production and support facilities, restaurants, and parking. Two notable productions help inaugurate the new building: the world premiere of Simon Levy's stage adaptation of ``The Great Gatsby, " which runs through Sept. 10; and Stoppard's ``The Real Thing ," which runs Aug. 5- Sept. 24.

818 South 2 d St. 877-447-8243.

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