“Villa Diodati,” a film of a chamber opera by Bank Street Films and produced by Gabriel Nussbaum, will be previewed at the Montauk Library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The plot revolves around the fateful summer of 1816, when Mary Shelley penned “Frankenstein” while staying in Geneva at the Villa Diodati with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. An American couple on a Swiss train find themselves thrown into the past and into the lakefront villa on a dreary summer day when Mary Shelley is creating her monster.
Mira J. Spektor wrote the music and Colette Inez wrote the lyrics, which are also taken from the works Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and William Wordsworth. Those performing the opera include Hillary Schranze, Angela Leson, and Rachel Zatcoff, all sopranos, as well as Rachel Arky, a mezzo, Mike Longo, a tenor, and Jeremy J. Moore, a baritone.
The film will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Nussbaum, Ms. Spektor, and the stage director of the opera, Rob Urbinati.
Ms. Spektor is a composer and lyricist of chamber music, opera, and musicals, including “Giovanni the Fearless” with Carolyn Balducci, the Montauk Library’s program director. She has also written film scores and recital and cabaret songs along with music for theater, film, and television. Mr. Urbanati is a playwright, screenwriter, and director, whose credits include Eric Bogosian’s “Griller” for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Mr. Nussbaum, a part-time resident of Amagansett, is a director and actor who, along with his wife, Elizabeth Wood, make films through their company Bank Street Films.