Program Details

A Tribute to Franco Zeffirelli, Part 2: The Opera Movies

Giuseppe Albanese
Music / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Franco Zeffirelli not only excelled at the live production of operas, he was also equally adept at the art of motion picture direction. This love of opera and motion pictures resulted in two of opera's most stunning motion picture adaptations in cinematic history. Verdi supplied the inspiration when Zeffirelli turned to movie adaptations, first with the classic "La Traviata" and a few years later with "Otello." "Otello" is considered the finest adaptation of a Shakespearean work into opera, and under Zeffirelli's direction, it became an incredible motion picture. The films will be shown in their entirety with commentary by Verdi Specialist Giuseppe Albanese.


  1. "La Traviata": The 1982 film features Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas.
  2. "La Traviata":  Part Two
  3. "Otello"The 1986 film features Palcido Domingo and Justino Diaz.
  4. "Otello": Part Two

About the Instructor

  • Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled "The Joy of Opera." For the past 30 years, he has lectured extensively on numerous operatic subjects and has produced several video documentaries. Albanese will be celebrating 26 years with Lifelong Learning at FAU in 2021.

    Recipient of the 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award