Written September 17, 2014
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 which the lovers die in each others arms..
Written September 19, 2014
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 gigsmomm
Written November 27, 2014
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.
Written January 31, 2015
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..
Written March 15, 2013
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 is the composer whom the music publishing house of Ricordi was grooming for the inevitable day when Puccini would stop composing. Puccini resented the attention Tito Ricordi gave Zandonai, but it was not unmerited. Zandonai had scored a success with his opera Conchita, based on a then scandalous French novel, so Ricordi saw him positioned for great things, and gave his next major opera, Francesa da Rimini, a lot of pre-premiere publicity.
It paid off. Francesca was a major hit in Italy, though, unlike Puccini's works, it has never been able to establish a firm foothold outside that country. Still, it is an opera full of lush melodies. And this Met production, which must be 30 years old by now, is every bit as beautiful to look at.
Don't be put off by the unfamiliar title. Go!