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Director Zeffirelli misses gala event at new Florence museum

Tenor Andrea Bocelli, center left, and composer Nicola Piovani, center right, acknowledge applause as they perform with the "Voices of Haiti" children...
Pippo Zeffirelli, son of Franco, arrives on the red carpet of Andrea Bocelli concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Center For P...
Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...
Tenor Andrea Bocelli and composer Nicola Piovani, left, perform with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Fr...
Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...
Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...
Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...
Tenor Andrea Bocelli, acknowledges applause as he performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco ...
Nader Fares Abi, second from left, and Rahi Farid second from right, advisors of the Lebanon's Opera, arrive on the red carpet of Andrea Bocelli conce...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli, center left, and composer Nicola Piovani, center right, acknowledge applause as they perform with the "Voices of Haiti" children...

Pippo Zeffirelli, son of Franco, arrives on the red carpet of Andrea Bocelli concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Center For P...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli and composer Nicola Piovani, left, perform with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Fr...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco Zeffirelli International Cent...

Tenor Andrea Bocelli, acknowledges applause as he performs with the "Voices of Haiti" children's choir during the concert that inaugurates the Franco ...

Nader Fares Abi, second from left, and Rahi Farid second from right, advisors of the Lebanon's Opera, arrive on the red carpet of Andrea Bocelli conce...

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Tenor Andrea Bocelli and a Haitian children's choir have inaugurated the Franco Zeffirelli International Center of the Performing Arts in Italy, though the eponymous 94-year-old film and theater director's ill health meant he had to miss the gala event.

Organizers said Zeffirelli's health did not permit him to travel from his home in Rome to his native Florence for the gala event Monday ahead of the museum's opening next month. They did not specify the ailments, but Zeffirelli has long suffered side effects after a hip surgery.

British actor Robert Powell, who appeared in Zeffirelli's 1977 mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth," was among those at the celebration.

The museum and performing arts center will display some 500 sketches of production sets that Zeffirelli made during his long career.


Updated : 2021-02-27 14:56 GMT+08:00