Recently, I met a world renowned opera singer, Francesco
Demuro, and his lovely wife. He did a performance in Detroit all the way from
Italy, although he is Sardinian in heritage ( Sardinia was once a
province of Italy). When I told him about my book on the Andrea Doria and
promised him a copy, he began singing in Sardinian dialect a song of
admiration for the Andrea Doria. He said everyone is familiar with it.
I asked a friend to record it and he did. I asked Francesco if he would
be willing to sing the song and others if there were a movie in the
Andrea Doria. He bowed and said, ” I would be honored.”
I was thrilled! Francesco has performed at La Scala of Milan and the
Metropolitan opera of New York. Here is an interview with him on
If there were to be a movie on the Andrea Doria, I now have several renowned contributors in place:
- a prize-winning jewelry designer of Hollywood stars (who is currently now in Italy exhibiting in museums), we have
- legendary songwriter of Elvis Presley, Mike Stoller, who is very excited to write the music score,
- and now a world renowned lyric opera singer who is willing to perform for us.
- contact with several Andrea Doria survivors
This is all in addition to having James Cameron’s main shipwreck
consultant/ co-author willing to be our consultant, and John Moyer,
salvor of the Andrea Doria who has offered his artifacts– which
includes great works of art from the shipwreck, and personal film footage
of recovering these artifacts.
Finally, I have film footage taken by a PBS documentarian who filled me on my first ocean cruise ( Carnival Cruise Lines) contact with many living survivors of the shipwreck
I think we have the makings of a movie on par or better than “Titanic”!