The Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi 2008 opened last night with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's production of Padmâvatî, recently at Théâtre du Chatelet. There will be one more performance tomorrow, and the festival runs through July 13th.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali denies rumors that he is to marry choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant. The director turned 45 last Sunday and says working on the opera Padmâvatî, which opens in a little over a fortnight, has been fun.
Théâtre du Châtelet is putting on Roussel's opera ballet Padmâvatî from March 14-24, 2008. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who directed the films Saawariya, Devdas, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the dancing will be choreographed by Tanusree Shankar.