In August Ventura's "27" meet the people of Parma, Italy for whom Giuseppe Verdi's 27 operas transcend art and entertainment to become something of a life-force, a moral compass found not just in the composer's sublime music, but also in the example of his extraordinary actions.
At the center of the film is Parma's incomparable "Club of 27", an opera society like no other. The 27 members-for-life of this all-male bastion each bear the "identity" of one of Verdi's opera's and hono Verdi's legacy in ways that are, by turns, heartbreaking and hilarious.
August Ventura, producer/director will present scenes from this work-in-progress along with some amazing archival footage. Thie program has been presented at such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Opera Club at Lincoln Center, Parma's Teatro Regio, Sarasota Opera's Verdi Cycle and NYU's Casa Italiana.
Thekla Hall at Vassar College, Saturday Sept 10th at 3pm