Review: La Traviata at Atlanta Opera
April 30, 2019 by Andrew Alexander, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As a director, Zambello primarily seeks to draw out the emotional heart and human drama of the story, bringing to vivid life both the small moments and the overarching thrust of the tragic story.
Review: Florencia en el Amazonas at the Houston Grand Opera
January 23, 2019 by Hannah Che, Houstonia
Director Francesca Zambello adeptly balances the overtly romantic components of the opera with a realism that brings out its complexity, and the production is just stylized enough, effectively mirroring the luxuriance of Catán’s soundscape without overwhelming it.
Review: Luisa Miler at Chicago Lyric Opera
March 15, 2019 by Jacob Davis, Around The Town Chicago
Director Francesca Zambello has a knack for ratcheting up dramatic tension while employing symbolism to efficiently communicate a mood.
Review: Showboat! at The Glimmerglass Festival
August 21, 2019 by James Sohre, Opera Today
There have been many iterations of this musical over the years, but the version currently on stage at the Alice Busch Theatre is easily the most effective I have encountered. Thanks to director Francesca Zambello’s sure hand and past experience with the piece, the staging is exceptionally sure-footed and cogent.