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Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli. He is known for his work on Romeo and Juliet (1968), The Taming of the Shrew (1967) and La traviata (1982). See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Director
The Taming of the Shrew
La traviata
La traviata Production Designer
Brother Sun, Sister Moon


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  The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series) (production - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2018) (production by - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2016) (directed for stage - 1 episode, 2008)
- Puccini: La Bohème (2018) ... (production)
- Puccini: Turandot (2016) ... (production by)
- Puccini: La bohème (2014) ... (production: original)
- Puccini: Turandot (2009) ... (production by)
- Opening Night Gala Starring Renée Fleming (2008) ... (directed for stage: Opera production - segment "La Traviata, Act II")
 2010 Carmen (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2010 Turandot (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2006/I Aida (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2004/II Madama Butterfly (TV Movie) (stage director)
 2003 La Bohème (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2003 Carmen (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2002 La traviata (TV Movie) (production)
 2001 Aida (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2000 Don Giovanni (TV Movie) (directed for stage: Production)
 1998 Pagliacci (TV Movie) (opera director)
  The Metropolitan Opera Presents (TV Series) (production - 7 episodes, 1978 - 1997) (stage director - 2 episodes, 1979 - 1985) (opera director - 1 episode, 1992) (production by - 1 episode, 1990) (directed for stage - 1 episode, 1978)
- Carmen (1997) ... (production)
- Il Tabarro/Pagliacci (1994) ... (production: "Pagliacci")
- Falstaff (1992) ... (opera director) / (production)
- The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary Gala (1991) ... (production: "Otello")
- Don Giovanni (1990) ... (production by)
 1992 Don Carlo (TV Movie) (opera director)
 1987 Turandot (TV Movie) (stage production by)
 1979 La bohème (TV Movie) (staged by)
 1978 Carmen (TV Movie) (staged by)
 1977 Lorenzaccio (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 1976 Otello (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1965 La Bohème (stage production)
 1964 Maria Callas at Covent Garden (TV Special documentary) (stage director: opera)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Eduardo De Filippo's play, "Filumena," at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with Dame Joan Plowright, Frank Finlay CBE, Pierce Brosnan OBE, Robert O'Mahoney (1978), and Patricia Hayes OBE (1979). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

F. Zeffirelli

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Personal Quote:

[on William Hurt] The most complicated actor I ever worked with. See more »


Wrote the libretto for the Samuel Barber opera "Antony and Cleopatra" commissioned to open the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966. See more »

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