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Academy Award Winner Sofia Coppola to Direct First Opera in Rome

Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola will make her operatic debut in May, directing a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's romantic tragedy "La Traviata", Rome's opera house said on Monday. Coppola, who won the gold statuette for the screenplay of the 2003 film "Lost in Translation", was invited to direct the production by its patron, fashion designer Valentino Garavani, the Teatrodell'Opera di Roma said in a statement. Garavani asked the American film...

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