I heard several bits of Francesca on Saturday (BBC Radio 3) and wasn't wowed by it. I'm not a great fan of verismo (with a few exceptions), and the only operas by Zandonai that I've previously seen were "I cavalieri di Ekebý" (OK) and "Conchita" (boring), both at Wexford. On the other hand, I enjoyed Rachmaninov's one-act "Francesca da Rimini" a few years ago.

Interesting to see that Zandonai's "Francesca" has been performed 41 times by the Met - 11 performances from 1916-1918, then 16 in NYC and on tour in 1984, then 10 in 1986, then 4 so far this year.