Di­rec­tor Franco Zef­firelli gets mu­seum fea­tur­ing life’s work

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

MI­LAN — Di­rec­tor Franco Zef­firelli’s art works and per­sonal li­brary have been moved from his Ro­man villa to his na­tive Florence to fill a mu­seum hon­our­ing his life’s work.

The mu­seum and per­form­ing arts cen­tre will dis­play around 500 sketches of pro­duc­tion sets that Zef­firelli made dur­ing his vast ca­reer, make avail­able his 10,000-vol­ume li­brary and in­cor­po­rate artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties. His son, Pippo Zef­firelli, said at a pre­sen­ta­tion Thurs­day in Rome “the project was born from the mae­stro’s de­sire to leave all his artis­tic trea­sures’’ in­tact and ac­ces­si­ble. Zef­firelli was ex­pected to at­tend, but his son said he was feel­ing un­well be­cause of a heat wave.

The film, TV and opera di­rec­tor, who is 94, also will be hon­oured at La Scala with a re­vival of his 1963 pro­duc­tion of “Aida.’’

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