Sofia Coppola to Direct First Opera in Rome

Italian American director Sofia Coppola is teaming up with the British designer Nathan Crowley for a new production of the Italian opera “La Traviata,” with costumes by fashion king Valentino. Coppola, who won an Academy Award for “Lost in Translation,” is directing her first opera with Giuseppe Verdi’s romantic tragedy at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, opening May 24th. Coppola was picked to direct the opera after showing “a particular aesthetic and musical sensibility, balanced between the classical and modern” in her historical film drama “Marie Antoinette,” the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma said in a statement. For fashion designer Valentino, making the costumes for Violetta, Traviata’s main character, was “a dream come true,” the statement said.

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