The weather may be cooling down, but the region’s cultural scene is just heating up! This autumn, we embark on an artistic journey of music, theatre, dance and comedy…
Who? Orchestre de Cannes Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
What? Follow the region’s most acclaimed orchestra for a mesmerising season of musical events. Artistic director Benjamin Levy leads cellist Edgar Moreau at the Beaulieu Classic Festival (14th September); mezzo soprano Pauline Sabatier performs at the Soirées Musicales de Grimaud (15th September) and Le Festival d’Art Sacré d’Antibes (16th September, with additional performances by a range of artists at the festival on 22nd September); pianist Khatia Buniatishvili returns to Cannes with Mozart and Beethoven (1st October); American mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore will take the stage at the Théâtre Croisette for Une Américaine à Paris (20th October); and a special concert for the Restos du Coeur organisation will take place at the Auditorium des Arlucs in Cannes-la-Bocca (24th November).
Where? Scène 55
What? A diverse line-up at this contemporary establishment in Mougins: discover the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Aix-en-Provence’s ballet of the season with Playlist #1 (7th October). Theatrical production Le 6ème Jour follows on 10th October ahead of Baroque and Argentinian fusion Magnificat, de Venise à Buenos Aires… on 14th October. The great composers of the 20th century are revived for Life Story (7th November) before French folklore is presented in La Barbe Bleue (10th November).
Where? Anthéa Théâtre
What? This imposing structure of concrete and glass will welcome a number of French personalities. The ambitious line-up includes: Vaille que Vivre with Juliette Binoche (10th and 11th October); Dany Boon’s One Man Show (5th November); and Maintenant ou Jamel with comic Jamel Debouze (10th and 11th November).
Where? Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
What? The principality’s prestigious orchestra celebrates all things classical such as the Concert d’Ouverture Grande Saison with the generous support of the Association Les Amis de l’Orchestre (22nd September); Happy Hour Musical with Debussy, Ravel, Berwald and Bruch (27th September and 29th November); ; and Les Aventures de Charlot with pianist Paul Lay (12th November) among many other musical offerings.
Where? Nice Opera
What? At the majestic building of the Opéra de Nice, a series of concerts present Mozart’s best works under Giulio Magnanini (8th and 15th September). Enjoy a trio of ballets with Coppélia, Vespertine and Gnawa (15th and 16th September); opera La Belle Hélène (23rd and 24th September); Wagner à Table (7th October); Viva Verdi (13th, 14th, 19th, 20th and 21st October); Mahler (3rd and 4th November); and the Elixir d’Amour opera by Gaetano Donizetti (22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th November). www.opera-nice.org
Where? Monte-Carlo Opera
What? The splendid and esteemed cultural centre of the principality welcomes La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini (29th and 31st October, and 2nd and 4th November); Faust with Jean-François Zygel (8th November); and Adriana Lecouvreur (19th, 23rd and 26th November).
Where? Grimaldi Forum
What? This modern amphitheatre of culture will dazzle this autumn with outstanding performances from the world of ballet with Gala Russe (16th September); Thursday live sessions with Morgan Ji (28th September) and Fai Baba (19th October); a concert with young Chinese pianist Lang Lang (20th October); and the famous Sportel Awards (from 23rd to 26th October).