Valentina Cortese, Italian screen diva, dead at 96
ROME (AP) — Valentina Cortese, an Italian post-war screen diva who was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar but lost out to Ingrid Bergman, died on Wednesday. She was 96.
ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and...
ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in "Romeo and Juliet" and the...
ROME (AP) — Franco Zeffirelli's son says the famed Italian director has died at the age of 96.
‘Organized chaos’ - behind the scenes at ‘La Boheme’
NEW YORK (AP) — Mimis come and Rodolfos go, but one thing never changes in "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera: When the curtain goes up on Act 2, the audience always applauds.
Key mix-up at Met leaves tenor, conductor scrambling
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Fabiano was singing at the Metropolitan Opera when a key mix-up occurred.
The tenor began Rodolfo's famous first act aria in Puccini's "La Boheme" on Friday night when it became clear the orchestra was playing in a different key under conductor Marco Armiliato.
"I said, oh, no, they can't be doing this," Fabiano recalled on Monday.
Celeb birthdays for the week of Feb. 11-17
Feb. 11: Actor Burt Reynolds is 82. Actress Tina Louise ("Gilligan's Island") is 80. Musician Sergio Mendes is 77. Actress Carey Lowell ("Law and Order") is 57. Singer Sheryl Crow is 56. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 49. Singer D'Angelo is 44. Actor Brice Beckham ("Mr. Belvedere") is 42. Vocalist Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and of Fort Minor is 41. Singer-actress Brandy ("Moesha") is 39. Country musician Jon Jones of Eli Young Band is 38. Actor Matthew Lawrence is 38. Singer Kelly Rowland is 37. Actress Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") is 36. Singer Aubrey O'Day (Danity Kane) is 34. Actress Q'orianka Kilcher ("The New World") is 28. Actor Taylor Lautner is 26.
Text of statement defending Zeffirelli from sex abuse claim
MILAN (AP) — The following is the full text of the statement made by Franco Zeffirelli's son, defending the Italian director against sexual molestation allegations made by actor Johnathon Schaech:
In reference to articles that have appeared today in the international media, in which serious accusations by Johnathan Schaech against Franco Zeffirelli are reported, the son of the maestro, Pippo Corsi Zeffirelli, affirms as follows:
Son denies molestation allegations against Franco Zeffirelli
MILAN (AP) — The son of Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has issued a statement denying sexual molestation allegations against his father from actor Johnathon Schaech.
Pippo Zeffirelli said in the statement Thursday that the allegations appeared to be "a true and proper vendetta," and he questioned the timing of lodging them at a moment when the 94-year-old director is unable to defend himself because of his failing health.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Tenor Andrea Bocelli and a Haitian children's choir have inaugurated the Franco Zeffirelli International Center of the Performing Arts in Italy, though the eponymous 94-year-old film and theater director's ill health meant he had to miss the gala event.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A center dedicated to Italian director Franco Zeffirelli is taking shape in Florence.
The Franco Zeffirelli International Center for the Performing Arts hosted a preview Tuesday of its exhibits, housed in a former Florence courthouse near Palazzo Vecchio.
MILAN (AP) — Director Franco Zeffirelli's art works and personal library have been moved from his Roman villa to his native Florence to fill a museum honoring his life's work.
The museum and performing arts center 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.