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Performer: Francesca Zambello

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HoustonWest Side Story

West Side Story
Bernstein: West Side Story
Timothy Myers; Francesca Zambello; Houston Grand Opera; Peter J. Davison; Jessica Jahn; Andrea Carroll; Norman Reinhardt

WashingtonCandide

Bernstein: Candide
Nicole Paiement; Francesca Zambello; Washington National Opera; James Noone; Jennifer Moeller; Kathryn Lewek; Alek Shrader

WashingtonLa Traviata

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

SeattleAidaNew production

Verdi: Aida
John Fiore; Francesca Zambello; Seattle Opera; Michael Yeargan; Anita Yavich; Milijana Nikolic; Elena Gabouri

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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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. 
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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.
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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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An unforgettable emotional experience

Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Scott Suchman for WNO
American composer Jake Heggie's early opera performed by Washington National Opera was one of those rare experiences of an opera full of raw power and wrenching emotion with superb performers that one is not likely to forget soon.
*****
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