This is the first-ever film recording of Pizzetti's operatic version of T.S. Eliot's play, Murder in the Cathedral, telling the story of Thomas Becket's murder by the knights of Henry II. This production features the world-renowned Ruggero Raimondi as the doomed archbishop. The only large-scale work to have survived by Pizzetti, this piece of sacred drama is a rare curiosity telling the black and gory tale of the murder of Thomas Becket. Filmed as a staged performance in the spectacular Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, this is the only film version available, making this a must for all opera aficionados wanting something a little different! Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) was a composer writing in a largely parlando manner in a mix of Renaissance models, Debussy, and such contemporary European composers as Honegger and Hindemith. This is his only well-known work, premiered at La Scala in 1958.