Sandrelli says his Tosca is against violence against women – Lifestyle

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(ANSA) – FLORENCE, JUL 21 – Stefania Sandrelli says her debut as an opera director, a Tosca production at this year’s Piccini Opera Festival, features the heroine as a symbol of the fight against gender-based violence.

The 75-year-old film legend’s first opera production debuts in Viareggio, his hometown, on Friday to kick off the 67th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, near Lucca.

“Violence against women is no longer tolerable,” said Sandrelli, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.

“Toscar is a brave and strong woman, who worries about things she thinks is wrong, she is an absolutely contemporary character.”

The actress, whose films include Seduced and Abandoned (1963), The Conformist (1970), 1900 (1976) and The Key (1983), said she was thrilled to make her directorial debut.

“It’s a moving emotion for me. My grandfather sang to me all the arias of Puccini and this debut touches me a lot, it’s a dream”. (ANSA).

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