Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, March 16th, with a performance of Francesca da Rimini by Riccardo Zandonai, set to a libretto by Tito Ricordi, after a play by Gabriele d'Annunzio. It premiered at the Teatro Regio in Turin on February 19th, 1914. The performance will run approximately four hours.

Zandonai's work is one of a dozen operas named for the historical Francesca da Rimini, a contemporary of Dante Alighieri, who portrayed her as a character in the Divine Comedy. Zandonai's compelling drama, inspired by an episode from the Inferno, returns in The Met’s ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Francesca: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Paolo: Marcello Giordani
Malaltestino: Robert Brubaker
Gianciotto: Mark Delavan