The Italian State to the rescue of Villa Verdi
In collaboration with La Scala in Milan, the Italian Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano has launched fundraisers to finance the restoration of the house of the composer of La Traviata. Located in Sant’Agata in Emilia-Romagna, it was inhabited by Verdi between 1851 and his death in 1901. The purchase of the villa by the State is even planned “in the budget for the year 2023”, the heirs of Verdi having put it up for sale following family dissension.
The Théâtre du Capitole separates from its dance director Kader Belarbi
Toulouse Métropole, which exercises its supervision over the theater, argues “an internal administrative investigation carried out within the Capitole ballet” and a “unanimous opinion of the joint consultative commission”. The choreographer and former star dancer, who had directed the theater-opera ballet since 2012, filed a complaint in return and denounced in a press release “an expeditious dismissal” and “a coarse settling of accounts”.
Adrien Fainsilber, architect of the Cité des sciences and the Geode, is dead
The French architect and urban planner Adrien Fainsilber died on Saturday January 11 at the age of 90. Born in June 1932 and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1960, Adrien Fainsilber made himself known to the general public in 1986 with the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie at the Parc de la Villette in Paris and its metal sphere, the Geode, which houses a cinema. In the same year, he had received the Grand Prize for Architecture. He is also the builder of the University of Paris 13 in Villetaneuse (Seine-Saint-Denis), which includes 500 accommodation for staff and students, the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg and the courthouse in Avignon.