A Showman and His Showcase: Zeffirelli at the Met
"Lavish in scale and unashamedly theatrical." This, in a nutshell, is the style associated with the star designer and director Franco Zeffirelli as he himself defined it in his autobiography 16 years ago. He stages opera the way De Mille filmed "The Ten Commandments," and he drenches movies in the pathos of opera.
Some artists are content to please the few. Mr. Zeffirelli's mission is to reach the many. Everyone loves him, the saying goes, except the critics. And he has said the same. "I've made my career without the support of the critics, thank God," he told Opera News 20 years ago, after the premiere of his epic production of Puccini's "Bohème" at the Metropolitan Opera. "I rely only on my profession, my honesty and my audience."
I've always been partial to the humble ones wink.gif
One of the reasons I put up the Other Arts section is to help us keep up with what's going on in opera, theater and classical music. Any of our opera goers have an opinion on Zefferelli as an opera stager?
[ March 17, 2002, 02:52 PM: Message edited by: alexandra ]