One must see a Zeffirelli production for oneself: the opulence of his staging of Tarancht, for example; the majesty of his? Tra'iata, Q>Y his excursion into the world of ballet with Swan Lake, described by one critic as “a triumphant baptism. ? This is the work of the same Zeffirelli who made The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet into huge box office successes, when the majority felt that Shakespeare would never do well in cinema. These productions must be witnessed if one is to understand why opera and theatre audiences often insist on Zeffirelli himself taking the final curtain call. It is the vibrancy and depth of human emotion which emanate from his work that can literally overwhelm the audience.