A report on Franco Zeffirelli

Zeffirelli in 2008
Zeffirelli with Olivia Hussey while filming Romeo and Juliet in 1967

Italian director and producer of operas, films and television.

- Franco Zeffirelli
Zeffirelli in 2008

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Domingo in June 2019

Plácido Domingo

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Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator.

Spanish opera singer, conductor and arts administrator.

Domingo in June 2019
Seventeen-year-old Plácido Domingo as the tenor Rafael the bullfighter in El gato montés with Rosa Maria Montes (Mexico City, 1958)
Domingo made his debut in Verdi's Otello at Bellas Artes in the comprimario rôle of Cassio in 1962
Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where Domingo began his operatic career
Domingo in Argentina (1979)
Backstage at the Washington National Opera after the opening night of Idomeneo on 3 November 2002
Domingo with American opera singer Stacey Robinson in 1994
Domingo singing at a concert at the Obelisco in Buenos Aires in 2011
Domingo as the president of Europa Nostra at the organization's awards ceremony in 2014
Domingo (center right) as the baritone in Il trovatore at the 2014 Salzburg Festival with Francesco Meli (far left, with sword)
Domingo's father, Plácido Domingo Ferrer (right), with composer Federico Moreno Torroba in Madrid, 1946
Domingo with his wife
Domingo has recorded many compositions by his singer-songwriter son, Plácido Domingo Jr. (pictured here in a publicity photo)
Domingo at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009
At the Washington National Opera on 14 April 2007 after a performance of Die Walküre, his most frequently performed German opera
Placido Domingo at a Concert.
Domingo with young Operalia singers, Budapest, 2016

He also starred in many cinematically released and televised opera movies, particularly under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli.

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Romeo and Juliet (1968 film)

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1968 period coming-of-age romantic tragedy film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare.

1968 period coming-of-age romantic tragedy film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare.

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Franco Zeffirelli and Olivia Hussey while filming Romeo and Juliet in 1967

Directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, the film stars Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet.

Callas in 1958

Maria Callas

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American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

Callas in 1958
The apartment house in Athens where Callas lived from 1937 to 1945
The Villa in Sirmione where Callas lived with Giovanni Battista Meneghini between 1950 and 1959
Callas's range in performance (highest and lowest notes both shown in red): from F-sharp below the Middle C (green) to E-natural above the High C (blue)
Callas acknowledges applause in 1959 at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
Callas's rival, Renata Tebaldi, 1961
Tito Gobbi, 1970
Callas during her final tour in Amsterdam in 1973
Aristotle Onassis, who had an affair with Callas before he married Jackie Kennedy
The last residence of Maria Callas, in Paris
Portrait of Callas (2004), by Oleg Karuvits
Maria Callas with her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini in 1957
Callas getting ready with the help of Luchino Visconti in Milan, 1957
Maria Callas as Giulia in the Opera "La Vestale", by Gaspare Spontini, 1954
Churchill with Maria Callas on Onassis' yacht in the late 50s

Franco Zeffirelli recalled, "What she did in Venice was really incredible. You need to be familiar with opera to realize the size of her achievement. It was as if someone asked Birgit Nilsson, who is famous for her great Wagnerian voice, to substitute overnight for Beverly Sills, who is one of the great coloratura sopranos of our time."

Jesus of Nazareth VHS artwork

Jesus of Nazareth (TV series)

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Jesus of Nazareth VHS artwork

Jesus of Nazareth (Gesù di Nazareth) is a 1977 British-Italian epic film and television drama serial directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

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The Taming of the Shrew (1967 film)

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Original film poster

The Taming of the Shrew is a 1967 period romantic comedy film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, based on William Shakespeare’s play about a courtship between two strong-willed people in 16th-century Italy.

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna) is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker.

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Tea with Mussolini

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U.S. theatrical release poster
The Piazza Cisterna in San Gimignano, where many of the film's scenes were shot.
Costume for Cher, by Ermanno Scervino (Museo Zeffirelli, Florence)
Exterior of the former Gran Caffè Doney in Florence, where the Scorpioni would meet

Tea with Mussolini (Un tè con Mussolini) is a 1999 Anglo-Italian semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, scripted by John Mortimer, telling the story of a young Italian boy's upbringing by a circle of British and American women before and during the Second World War.

Sutherland in 1975

Joan Sutherland

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Australian dramatic coloratura soprano known for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.

Australian dramatic coloratura soprano known for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.

Sutherland in 1975
Sutherland in 1962
Joan Sutherland in 1990

In 1959, Sutherland was invited to sing Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House in a production conducted by Tullio Serafin and staged by Franco Zeffirelli.

Publicity photo of Taylor, late 1950s

Elizabeth Taylor

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British and American actress.

British and American actress.

Publicity photo of Taylor, late 1950s
15-year-old Taylor with her parents at the Stork Club in Manhattan, 1947
Mickey Rooney and Taylor in National Velvet (1944), her first major film role
Publicity photograph, c. 1947
With Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride (1950)
Taylor c. 1955
Publicity photo, 1954
Van Johnson and Taylor in the romantic drama The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Taylor and Rock Hudson in Giant (1956)
Promotional poster for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Promotional poster for BUtterfield 8, for which Taylor won her first Academy Award
Richard Burton as Mark Antony with Taylor as Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1963)
Taylor and Burton in The Sandpiper (1965)
Taylor in 1971
In Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973), Taylor's last film with Burton
Taylor in 1981 at an event honoring her career
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi alongside Taylor, who is testifying in 1990 before the House Budget Committee on HIV-AIDS Funding
Taylor promoting her first fragrance, Passion, in 1987
Taylor's relationships were subject to intense media attention throughout her adult life, as exemplified by a 1955 issue of gossip magazine Confidential.
Taylor with her third husband Mike Todd and her three children in 1957
Taylor in a studio publicity photo in 1953
Taylor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the days following her death in 2011
Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford on the promote shoot of Little Women, 1949.

Taylor and Burton's next project, Franco Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew (1967), which they also co-produced, was more successful.

Original poster, depicting the death of Scarpia

Tosca

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Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Original poster, depicting the death of Scarpia
Punch cartoon depicting the end of Sardou's La Tosca, 1888
The Battle of Marengo, as painted by Louis-François Lejeune
The Te Deum scene which concludes act 1; Scarpia stands at left. Photograph of a pre-1914 production at the old Metropolitan Opera House, New York
La piattaforma di Castel Sant'Angelo, set design for Tosca act 3 (undated).
Tosca reverently lays a crucifix on Scarpia's body. Photograph of a pre-1914 production at the old Metropolitan Opera House, New York
The Castel Sant'Angelo (right), scene of the Tosca denouement, as painted in the 18th century
Front cover of the original 1899 libretto
Enrico Caruso as Cavaradossi. Passed over for the role at the premiere, he sang it many times subsequently.
Antonio Scotti, an early exponent of the role of Scarpia
Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi, Royal Opera House, 2014
The setting for Robert Dornhelm's production of Tosca at the Opera Festival of St. Margarethen, 2015
Emmy Destinn in the role of Tosca, c. 1910
The execution of Cavaradossi at the end of act 3. Soldiers fire, as Tosca looks away. Photograph of a pre-1914 production by the Metropolitan Opera
Mario Cavaradossi (modelled on tenor Giancarlo Monsalve) singing "E lucevan le stelle" in a painting by Riccardo Manci

This production, by Franco Zeffirelli, remained in continuous use at Covent Garden for more than 40 years until replaced in 2006 by a new staging, which premiered with Angela Gheorghiu.