The Singing House by Janette Griffiths

The Singing House

byJanette Griffiths

Kobo ebook | November 25, 2013

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"Wildly romantic and acerbically funny, the revised, interactive "Singing House" now features links to selected performances of the great operatic and orchestral music that drives this "love story for grown-ups": On a snowy evening before Christmas, Rose Lorenzo , 39, is rushing past London’s Royal Opera House on her way to buy her wedding dress when an eccentric stranger offers her a ticket to “Tristan und Isolde”. Rose finds herself following Otto, the stranger, into the theatre where she discovers Wagner’s erotic, passionate music. She knows immediately that if she goes ahead with her sensible marriage to suitable Martin, everything she has heard in that music will be lost to her forever. Next morning she cancels her wedding.

When Otto asks her to drive him and his equally eccentric twin sister on their annual journey to the great opera houses of Europe, Rose accepts and finds herself accompanying the bickering old twins in their ramshackle, unheated car. As they travel across a snowbound continent from La Scala in Milan to Venice to King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria, Rose meets Leo dalla Vigna - the greatest operatic bass-baritone in the world. A charismatic, powerfully attractive performer, Leo is also a lonely, driven man who believes he owes his fame to a shocking act that he committed 25 years earlier. Leo is drawn to Rose whose freshness and enthusiasm remind him of all he once loved in music. Rose knows this is the man she has sought all her life. For a brief moment they both dare to imagine a new life with a loving companion but behind Leo lurks the misery and tenous pull of his elusive and unstable wife who lives alone in their villa on the Italian lake.

Described by Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel as “unashamedly romantic, crisp and witty,” this ebook edition of a contemporary love story set in the world of opera now has a playlist with links to the music featured. There are also links to a dedicated website with a variety of bonus features including a travelogue of the story’s locations, photo galleries of the great opera houses and video interviews with the people who work in them - from the usher at the door to the singer on the stage.

Title:The Singing HouseFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 25, 2013Publisher:Janette GriffithsLanguage:English

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