WILLIAMSTOWN -- On Saturday, March 16 at noon, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's "Francesca da Rimini." Piero Faggioni's opulent and realistic production marks the first revival of Riccardo Zandonai's early 20th-century melodrama in more than 25 years. Marco Armiliato conducts Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role of a noblewoman who is tricked into marrying the brutal Gianciotto, sung by Mark Delavan, instead of her true love Paolo, sung by Marcello Giordani. Robert Brubaker sings the wicked Malatestino, whose jealousy incites a murder.
The opera, based on "Dante's Inferno," premiered at Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy on Feb, 19, 1914. Approximate running time is 300 minutes. The Clark is located at 225 South St. For more info: clarkart.edu, 413-458-2303.