Franco Zeffirelli has left us, a unique director who has marked the history of the Opera

The Opera world dress in mourning again a few months after the death of the famous soprano Montserrat Caballé. Today, Franco Zeffirelli has left us, at the age of 96, a director, unique in its kind, who has forever marked the history of the Opera.

His directing, his theatrical and cinematographic productions are unforgettable. A versatile artist, he has designed our imagery in his image and likeness, taking our hands and accompanying us from Egypt of Aida to the Beijing of our beloved Turandot. Born in 1923, with passion and dedication he built a career full of productions, successes and international awards, among which we remember: Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; Italian Medal of Merit for Culture and Art; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Primetime Emmy Awards.

There are no words to describe the person of Franco Zeffirelli, director, screenwriter, set designer, politician, who made Italy proud in the world, thanks to his talent, his versatility and his untiring dedication to work, of which his last reinterpretation of the Traviata (which is about to be inaugurated) is an example.

Today another important chapter closes, not only of Italian history, but of the whole world.

Original article by Martina Corona

Translated by Dario Medaglia