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Yvonne Russo
Christine La Monte, Yvonne Russo, Ron Simons, James Tumminia, Simone Pero, Federico Rodelli
Two men in winter coats and hats in the style of the early 20th century speak to one another closely before a large courtyard with a statue at its center.

VIVA VERDI!....life’s third act may just be the best one after all!

VIVA VERDI! offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the eccentric and celebrated opera singers and musicians living out their "third act" at Milan's Casa Verdi retirement home built in 1896 by the most influential Italian opera composer of the 19th century, Giuseppe Verdi.  With aging bodies and timeless passion, these distinguished “guests of Verdi,” ranging in age from 77 to 103, prove age hasn’t dulled their love of music or relentless drive to create: They are still actively creating, performing and mentoring the 16 gifted music students from around the world who study and live among them.

With “little altars” to Verdi in every corner at Casa Verdi, and music and memories in every room, the cross-generational mixing of young and old, held together by an implacable commitment and relentless passion for music, creates a highly charged atmosphere where the human spirit transcends both time and space.  As stories of romance, tragedy and triumph abound from these living treasures, it’s easy to see Verdi's vision thriving---a life-affirming reminder of how music moves us at a fundamental level; how nurturing artistic expression can be life-enhancing and nourishing to the spirit at any age; and how one distinctive retirement home has reclaimed and enriched thousands of artists' lives.

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