Coppola to direct first operamain
The Hollywood director Sofia Coppola has signed up for La Traviata in Rome.
The deal was announced by Rome Opera chief Carlo Fuortes, who has also got Valentino Garavani to design the costumes. The role of Violetta will be shared by Francesca Dotto and Maria Grazia Schiavo.
Production opens May 24.
Coppola, 44, won an Oscar for Lost in Translation in 2003.