"Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty and the Beast."
It’s the most anticipated new major production of the season. Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills premieres his newest creation that riffs on not only the original tale of "Beauty and the Beast," but also Jean Cocteau’s 1946 surreal film noir version of the romantic story. In other words this is no children’s version. Mills’ dark, passionate and very grown-up work is set to a poignant and inventive new score by Austin composer Graham Reynolds. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $15-$84. www.balletaustin.org
"Cabaret de Carmen."
Adventurous opera presenters LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists) impressed last year with "La Femme Boheme," the cabaret-sized version of "La Boheme." Now, LOLA brings "Cabaret de Carmen," a one-act 75-minute condensed version of Bizet’s classic. Performed in a comfortable club, the North Door, LOLA’s musically top-notch productions are simultaneously artistically intense yet more casual and immediate than your average large-scale opera production. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. North Door, 502 Brushy St. $10. www.ndvenue.com.
Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI. A virtuouso interpreter of early music, Jordi Savall is joined by chamber orchestra Hespèrion XXI for a program featuring the multifarious 17th-century music of the Ottoman Empire. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. $36. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org.