The awesome feud continues today between Franco Zeffirelli, director of the Met's legendary 1985 version of Tosca, and Luc Bondy, helmer of the new smutty version that was booed on its opening night this week, who are basically the Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara of opera now. Answering Bondy, who Wednesday wrote him off as a "second assistant of Visconti," Zeffirelli tells the Times that the new production is "a crime" and he calls his foe "a very bad director for my money ... He should not be allowed to touch these masterpieces. He's always done an irreverent approach to these works of art." [ArtsBeat/NYT]
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