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Honoring Franco Zeffirelli


His bold ideas and enduring energy made him one the 20th Century's most creative and prolific directors

Franco Zeffirelli staged more than 120 opera productions. Two of his most cherished stagings from the Metropolitan Opera are available through Clasart Classic’s catalogue, with several performances to choose from, each with a different set of world class cast.

 

Puccini LA BOHÈME

Puccini’s evergreen paean to young love and the bohemian life has captivated generations of Met-goers through Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production, the most-performed opera in Met history. The production features a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris.

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Singers: Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas, Ainhoa Arteta, Ludovic Tézier
Year: 2008
Duration: 132'

Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
Singers: Kristine Opolais, Vittorio Grigolo, Susanna Philips, Massimo Cavaletti
Year: 2014
Duration: 122'

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Singers: Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Susanna Phillips, Lucas Meachem
Year: 2018
Duration: 121'

 

Puccini TURANDOT

Franco Zeffirelli's magnificent staging of Puccini's final opera. The MET production is spectacular with beautiful costumes, breathtaking sets, and great ballet. It is staged to reflect Chinese culture very accurately and the design is appropriately fantastical.

Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Singers: Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Samuel Ramey
Year: 2009
Duration: 135'

Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Singers: Nina Stemme, Marco Berti, Anita Hartig, Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Year: 2016
Duration: 135'

 

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