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Production Team

Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall
Stage Director: Paula Williams

Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2005-2006 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.


Approximate running time 3 hrs. 0 min.

The opera is based on a play by Sardou, which was written for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt. Sardou crafted melodrama rather well, and Puccini’s librettists distilled the play’s main attributes of action, sex, love, lust, politics, art and religion into one of the most popular operas of the verismo style. Most of the famous singers of the last hundred years have sung the principal roles, and have thrilled audiences with the famous arias (especially “Vissi d’arte” and “E lucevan le stelle”).


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.