Sofia Coppola To Direct “La Traviata”

The American film director Sofia Coppola (pictured) is to make her opera debut this year with a production of “La Traviata,” at the Opera of Rome – a star-studded coup for the beleaguered venue, which has long been overshadowed by La Scala in Milan. Coppola, the director of “Lost in Translation” and “The Virgin Suicides,” will team up with the fashion designer Valentino for the production of Verdi’s masterpiece. He asked Coppola to join the project after he watched her 2006 film “Marie Antoinette.” Noting Coppola’s “distinctive sensitivity and musical aesthetic” and her ability to balance “the classic and the modern”, the Rome Opera Foundation’s general manager, Carlo Fuortes, said the production of “La Traviata” would take inspiration from the world of film.

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