About 27

Welcome to Parma, Italy.

Meet the people of Parma from 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. “27” looks backward to a time when opera was a populist art form and an agent for social and political change, and explores how Verdi played an indispensable part in Italy's struggle for independence from foreign colonizing powers. To do so is to discover how Verdi speaks to our world today with astonishing relevance. The memorable personalities in “27”  express their passion for Verdi with deep insight, warmth and humor. For them, passing this identity on to the next generation is a cultural imperative, essential for defining and preserving what it means to be "Italian" in a globalized world.

“27” looks in on Parma in October when the Maestro's works are performed before excitable and demanding audiences during its annual Festival Verdi. Here, the magnificent Teatro Regio enjoys worldwide fame -- and sometimes infamy -- as the world's "toughest" opera house, where the legendary 'loggionisti' can stop a performance cold with their shouts of disapproval. This fierce connection to the art form, but above all to Giuseppe Verdi, is uniquely embodied by Parma's super-exclusive, men-only Club of 27, who figure prominently in the film. The Club's 27 members-for-life each take on the "identity" of one of Verdi's operas and reveal the surprising and heartfelt ways they venerate and advance Verdi's unique legacy of music, liberty, and compassion.


In Italian with English subtitles; some sequences in English.

Approximate running time 80 minutes.

Scheduled completion date: Fall 2015