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Composer: Zandonai, Riccardo (1883-1944)

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Year of birth1883
Year of death1944
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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
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Destructive dormitory passions in Erfurt

Siyabulela Ntlale (Tebaldo) and ensemble © Lutz Edelhoff
Mounted as part of Theater Erfurt's Romeo and Juliet, Zandonai's 1922 opera, in its first German production since 1942, offered a distinctive retelling of the tragedy of the 'star-cross'd lovers', both as a composition and in staging.
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