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In late eighteenth century London a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile Her life is forever changed Having learned everything he can teach her Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy’s greatest opera houses Only sixteen she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters nobility and vice overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame Her first bitter experience of love and hear. Am allowed to say this was delightful I ask because I went to school with the author who is also an opera singer and have indelible memories of sitting down to lunch with her only to have her scribble a note saying she couldn t speak because she was saving her voice for a concert and upon attending one of these concerts being flabbergasted that such a uiet person commanded such a powerful glorious voice Ergo I might be biasedWhile this is largely a light breezy romance probably a great beach read for those of you lucky enough to live in places where reading on a beach doesn t reuire 17 layers of dead animal par The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile Her life is forever changed Having learned everything he can teach her Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy’s greatest opera houses Only sixteen she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters nobility and vice overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame Her first bitter experience of love and hear. Am allowed to say this was delightful I ask because I went to school with the author who is also an opera singer and have indelible memories of sitting down to lunch with her only to have her scribble a note saying she couldn t speak because she was saving her voice for a concert and upon attending one of these concerts being flabbergasted that such a uiet person commanded such a powerful glorious voice Ergo I might be biasedWhile this is largely a light breezy romance probably a great beach read for those of Hers to Protect you lucky enough to live in places where reading on a beach doesn t reuire 17 layers of dead animal par

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Tbreak inevitably follow Within a few years Anna is invited to sing in Vienna the City of Music by the emperor himself There in a teasing game of theft and play Anna first meets Mozart a young virtuoso pianist and striving prodigiously talented composer They are matched in intellect and talent and an immediate and undeniable charge forms between the two despite both being married to others As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates Anna experiences an ultimate crisis During this trying tim. A classic adage for writers is to write what you know And while some writers find hands on experience leads to detailed and emotionally gripping prose others can become so wrapped up with researching their subject that the narrative structure of the novel suffers This unfortunately is the case for classically trained singer turned author Vivian Shotwell and her debut novel Vienna Nocturne Vienna Nocturne is the fictionalized story of 18th century English opera singer Anna Storace who at 15 leaves England to make her presence known on the stages of Italy and AustriaGiven Shotwell s musical background

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E her only light is Mozart his energy his determination in her and his art She in turn becomes his hope and inspiration and his joy as he writes for her some of his most exuisite and enduring arias music that will live on as his masterworks Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell an author who is herself an opera singer Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman’s struggle to find love and fame in an eighteenth century world that controls and limits her at every turn. I truly enjoyed this fictionalized story of the life of the Opera singer Anna Storace This author exhibits a true talent for historical fiction with an ability to stick closely to facts that are known about Storace and about Wolfgang Amadeas Mozart even while making the characters come alive and without the stilted reporting sense that historical fiction sometimes includes The author blends what is known fact with imagined dialog and intimate relationships that may or may not have developed Luckily Anna s Londoner parents recognized her remarkable singing voice and as a preteen she begins singing lessons

  • Hardcover
  • 291
  • Vienna Nocturne
  • Vivien Shotwell
  • English
  • 05 June 2017
  • 9780345536372

About the Author: Vivien Shotwell

Vivien Shotwell’s VIENNA NOCTURNE Random House has been praised by The Washington Post as “intoxicating” and by Chatelaine as “an exuisite read” Vivien received her Artist Diploma in opera from the Yale School of Music and was awarded the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize She studied music and English at Williams College in Massachusetts and received an MFA in fiction from the Io.



10 thoughts on “Vienna Nocturne

  1. says:

    Smitten from the first chapters I consumed VIENNA NOCTURNE over three consecutive nights in great greedy gulps Anna Storace is a charming beguil

  2. says:

    Am allowed to say this was delightful? I ask because I went to school with the author who is also an opera singer and have indelible memories of sitting down to lunch with her only to have her scribble a note saying she couldn't speak because s

  3. says:

    Since I have a background in opera this book was a natural for me Whether or not Anna Storace’s relationship with Mozart progressed to an affair or remained merely friendship is a matter for speculation as are some of the other pers

  4. says:

    I started reading Vienna Nocturne in January when I received it as an ARC in the hopes that when I finished I would write a review Well here it is six months later because I just now finished I wanted to like Vienna Nocturne In fact I was real

  5. says:

    A classic adage for writers is to “write what you know” And while some writers find hands on experience leads to detailed and emotionally gripping prose others can become so wrapped up with researching their subject that the narrative structure of the novel suffers This unfortunately is the case for classic

  6. says:

    Anna Selina Storace 1765 1817 was an English operatic soprano In this book her story begins in 1776 at the age of 11 She plays harp and guitar and sings At 13 she sings at the Royal Opera House in London At 15 she travels to Naples with her family to further her career To their surprise they uickly learn that Italians do not want to listen to someone who is English and probably can’t sing With someone’s help a posi

  7. says:

    This novel begins in 1776 when eleven year old Anna Storace is taken for her first singing lesson with famous Castrato Venanzio Rauzzini Anna’s father is Italian and her mother English Her mother is disapprovin

  8. says:

    I truly enjoyed this fictionalized story of the life of the Opera singer Anna Storace This author exhibits a true

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this book about Anna Storace and her relationship with Mozart Shotwell does a wonderful job of bringing Anna to life and I enjo

  10. says:

    A very good first novel a bit tedious and scattered at times but entertaining Also well edited and proofread apparently since the only error I found was They were accustomed to keeping their own councils where I would have used counsels but maybe that was acceptable usage in Mozart's time From In the tradition of Paula Mc

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