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Metropolitan Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini

Airs Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. Riccardo Zandonai’s opera, based on an episode from Dante’s Inferno, has its first company performances since 1986 this season. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek stars as the beautiful noblewoman Francesca; tenor Marcello Giordani is Paolo, the man she loves at first sight; baritone Mark Delavan is Paolo’s brother Gianciotto, to whom Francesca is unhappily married; tenor Robert Brubaker is the jealous Malatestino; and Marco Armiliato conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which is presented in Piero Faggioni’s grand 1984 production. Francesca da Rimini will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 16.