If one searched for the polymaths who made the greatest contributions to opera during the second half of the 20th century, two names would instantly come to mind. Both were talented stage directors, set designers and costume designers who also filmed some of the operas they had mounted on stages around the world.
Known for his cinematic achievements as well as his stage spectacles, Franco Zeffirelli created landmark productions of La Bohème, Tosca, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Antony and Cleopatra, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Falstaff, Otello, and La Traviata for the Metropolitan Opera. Zeffirelli al...
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