The Metropolitan Opera: Francesca da Rimini Synopsis
Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani star as doomed lovers in Zandonai's compelling opera.

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Francesca da Rimini

By opera woman
It was excellent. The singing was glorious and after all I go to the opera for the singing. Also the costumes and scenery were magnificent. It was 4 hours of pure delight in spite of the ending in...

Francesca de Rimini

By momm
Enjoyed it very much. Back stage scenes are always most interesting--learning about scenery production, costume renewals, watching the back stage crew at work, interviews with singers and conductor ...

I love Met Opera Live in HD, but not Francesca di Rimini...

By margeryn
I left before it ended. I did not care for Francesca di Rimini on many levels. I didn't like the production, the music was not enjoyable, the story dragged slowly on and the acting was only fair....

A not-to-be-missed production of a not-to-be missed opera

By richard385
Most American opera goers aren't familiar with Zandonai's masterpiece, Francesca da Rimini (1911), which is a shame, because if they like Puccini they will almost certainly like this opera. Zandonai...

When is derivative just plain blah?

By iobdennis
Through out the three intermissions and afterward all I heard was: and there are touches of Strauss and Puccini and Mascagni. To me this sounds like there is nothing original in the piece. It was...

Another great Met Live in HD presentation

By lakeclifftexas
Terrific presentation of a great opera. It's a wonder that this work is not produced more often. Mark Delavan and Robert Brubaker were unexpected standouts in an extraordinary cast.....

Terrific production of a very odd opera.

By OregonJim
The Met had not staged this title in over 20 years, and for good reason. The libretto is so disjointed as to render the plot almost incomprehensible to those who don't already know the story. ...

Once is Adequate

By wcoperabuff1
For my taste, some pleasantly-Italianate vocal lines, but no really lasting-in-the-memory arias or melodies. Beautiful visuals, and the orchestra sounded lush in its interpretation under Armiliato....

a deelightful experience

By Twinzpop
We had never heard this work or the composer before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The music was wonderful and the cast (despite the rather cool review by the New York Times' music critic) was sublime....

Francesca da Rimini

By Rodneynmiki
An amazingly beautiful Opera and production of it. The score was very, very interesting. One could her many composers' tones in it.. Certainly my favourites except perhaps Mozart[ not a particular...

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