Hot on the heels of Dustin Hoffmann's gran-com Quartet comes another work inspired by the Casa di Riposo per Musicisti in Milan, the real-life opera singers' retirement home funded by Giuseppe Verdi and brought to international notice in the documentary film Il bacio di Tosca.
As in Quartet, the story centres around a gala organised to raise funds for the home.
But it's unlikely Dame Maggie Smith would sign up to perform in Villa Verdi, which opens at Berlin's Volksbühne tonight . In place of Hoffmann's gentle prostate jokes, 73 year old director Johann Kresnik has spiced up the geriatric goings-on with racy flashbacks and acres of bare flesh. Pictures below.