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Performer: Francesca Zambello

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WashingtonLa Traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Renato Palumbo; Francesca Zambello; Washington National Opera; Peter J. Davison; Jess Goldstein; Venera Gimadieva; Jacqueline Echols

San FranciscoDie Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Evelyn Herlitzius; Greer Grimsley

San FranciscoSiegfried

Wagner: Siegfried
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Daniel Brenna; Evelyn Herlitzius

San FranciscoGötterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Daniel Brenna; Evelyn Herlitzius

San FranciscoDas Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Greer Grimsley; Jamie Barton
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A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Francesca Zambello's hip-hop graffiti staging of Aida comes to Seattle. 
***11
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Stunning Candide from LA Opera

Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Whether it’s half an opera, three quarters an operetta, or a musical and a half, Francesca Zambello’s team put together a production that was easy to fall in love with. 
****1
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Graffiti meets Nefertiti: Aida in Washington DC

Triumphal Scene, Act 2 © Scott Suchman
Francesca Zambello’s engaging Aida opened the season at Washington National Opera, eventually getting into its stride. 
****1
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Donizetti rarity given American première at Glimmerglass

Aleks Romano (Aurelio) © Carrington Spires
The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York always does themed seasons. This year the season was about the idea of home. As such, the production directed by Francesca Zambello was updated from the Middle Ages to a modern-day refugee camp.
****1
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Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Glimmerglass

Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Karli Cadel
Glimmerglass’ Porgy and Bess proves one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.
****1
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