Whispers of Vivaldi

Whispers of Vivaldi Venice an age of reckless pleasures playful artifice and baroque excess An accident has reduced Tito Amato s glorious singing voice to a husky croak A tragedy but also an opportunity The once

  • Title: Whispers of Vivaldi
  • Author: Beverle Graves Myers
  • ISBN: 9781464202087
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Venice, 1745 an age of reckless pleasures, playful artifice, and baroque excess An accident has reduced Tito Amato s glorious singing voice to a husky croak A tragedy but also an opportunity The once celebrated male soprano is now determined to prove himself as a director With the theater losing subscribers to a rival company headed by an unscrupulous impresario, SanVenice, 1745 an age of reckless pleasures, playful artifice, and baroque excess An accident has reduced Tito Amato s glorious singing voice to a husky croak A tragedy but also an opportunity The once celebrated male soprano is now determined to prove himself as a director With the theater losing subscribers to a rival company headed by an unscrupulous impresario, San Marco s Maestro Torani charges Tito with locating the perfect opera to fill the seats in time for the opening of Carnival Surprisingly, a second rate composer provides the very thing an opera so replete with gorgeous melodies the public speculates it was written by the late Antonio Vivaldi Even disconcerting are the rumors swirling around Angeletto, a male soprano imported from Naples to sing the lead Is the singer truly a castrato or a female soprano engaging in a daring but lucrative masquerade Both matters lead the perplexed Tito into dangerous waters that turn murderous when Maestro Torani undergoes a series of increasingly vicious attacks ending in his death And Tito is the prime suspect His own life as well as the future of Teatro San Marco now depend on his skills as a sleuth.

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    1. Whispers of Vivaldi, A Tito Amato Mystery~ by Beverle Graves Myers What a rollicking good read! Whispers of Vivaldi is a murder mystery that is set in the gloriously flamboyant Venice of 1745; and the protagonist, Tito Amato, is former star opera castrato who has lost his voice and has a nose for investigating. The tale involves the competing interests of two rival opera houses to present the perfect opera, the extreme measures directors of the theaters would take to gain the advantage, and the [...]

    2. First Sentence: The one thing I never miss about the opera career that had brought me fame and fortune is jolting from one engagement to another in lumbering mail coaches, watching the roadside vegetation unfold in brain-numbing boredom.Tito Amato is determined to prove himself, to Maestro Torani, as worthy of being the director of the Teatro San Marco. But they are competing for their audience against another theater with a more modern style of programming. When a composer presents to Tito a gl [...]

    3. Beverle Graves Myers brings 1745 Venice to life in her latest Tito Amato Mystery. Tito was once the toast of the town as the adored castrato of the Teatro San Marco. He lost his revered voice in an accident, and now assists the Maestro Torani preparing the theater and cast for each new production. Teatro San Marco must compete against another Opera House for patrons as well as Senate support. Tito must find an opera that will not only sway the vote of the Senate, but also fill all of the seats d [...]

    4. Whispers of Vivaldi is the latest mystery in a series by Beverle Graves Myers. Her Tito Amato books are set in 18th century Venice with a hero who has been a singing sensation in the operatic world. Unfortunately, an accident has ruined his beautiful singing voice but his retirement from center stage affords him the opportunity to play a role behind the scenes. His friend Maestro Torani asks Tito to help him find a way to renew the flagging interest in the San Marco opera house's musical offerin [...]

    5. Artistic espionage and murder in 1745?This has it all really. A complex historical mystery set in magical Venice.Castrati, feuding opera houses, rumour and slander, intrigue, deception and murder, and of course, action via gondolas.Teatro San Marco, Venice's premier opera house is failing.Singers and musicians have been poached by a rival company. Now that competitor is looking to steal away the official Venetian patronage that The Teatro enjoys.As a counter tactic and a last bold move Maestro T [...]

    6. Set in 1745 against the incredible landscape of Venice, this is one mystery that highlights the art, seduction and excitement of a world long gone. Tito Amato is Venice’s local opera darling. But the talented male soprano who once brought beautiful music to everyone’s ears is now retired. Not because it was time, mind you, but because an accident occurred that transformed Tito’s once soaring voice into more of a croak. Tito’s new career involves helping the Director of Teatro San Marco, [...]

    7. If you’ve never read a Tito Amato mystery novel, then you are surely in for a pleasant surprise. The story is wonderfully complex with plenty of intrigue, betrayal, innuendo, and murder. Oh, and did I mention the wonderful setting of Venice?The story centers around the famous Teatro San Marco, Venice's premier opera house, which is struggling to keep its doors open. A rival company has opened and is gaining fame and popularity with opera goers who are quickly abandoning the Teatro San Marco. D [...]

    8. Poisoned Pen Press has a wonderful stable of authors, Beverle Graves Myers included. I love going back in time to 1745 in Venice. The thought of being transported to Venice is enough to make you want to read this book. In 1745, Venice is mysterious and alluring. The author did a wonderful job of transporting the reader to 18th century Venice. And the mystery was well plotted and intriguing. A rivalry has developed between two opera houses. Tito Amato's voice has been compromised thus he takes on [...]

    9. Venice, 1745. Tito Amato, a once celebrated castrato, has lost his singing voice and works as a director for the San Marco opera theater. San Marco's Mastro Torani charges Tito with finding the perfect opera to fill the seats and then to impost a male soprano from Naples to sing the lead. In the midst of the rumors involving the true authorship of the opera and the actual gender of the castrato, Maestro Yorani is murdered and Tito is a suspect. His murder is followed by another and another, unti [...]

    10. A classic who-dun-it set in the Baroque opera world, with a castrato as sleuth. I liked it for two reasons. First, I'm a long time opera buff and enjoyed the backstage look at opera production in the 18th Century. Second, it is truly a puzzle with lots of twists and turns. Even though this was the sixth of the series, I have not read the earlier five. But, there's enough background that this was not a problem. I probably will go back and read the earlier novels. My only quibble is that the sleut [...]

    11. Such a nice trip through 18th century Venice. I love these books if for nothing else but that, but the characters are dear and the plots seem realistic enough for me to have the happy hours it takes to read the books and locate myself throughout the Venice of Amato.I gather from a bit from the author that this is the last in the Amato series; I suppose the concept can only be taken so far but I'm happy to conclude on this note

    12. I adore books that give me a window into how people actually lived in societies and eras other than mine.This was very satisfactory! It was a fascinating mystery, and also an intriguing look into a world I knew nothing of.I will be rewarding more of this series!I got this book via Rambles for review, and here's a link to the more expansive review I did there: rambles/myers_whispers

    13. I liked this novel a lot, though it was the first one I had read in the series. Set in Venice shortly after Vivaldi's death, the plot involves an opera with a mysterious origin, a marvelous castrato singer, a personable castrato director, a murder, nefarious plotting, a spoiled "princess" and powerful aristocrats. Fun, good for music lovers, with a unexpected twist at the end.

    14. My first book by this author. Sweet easy read. I liked the setting, Venice in the 1700's and the premise, an opera star solves mysteries revolving around what we now call classical music. Took a bit too long to get into the story but the period is well researched and the plot has some twists and turns. I would read more by this author

    15. A very impressive historical mystery which revolves around the production of a supposedly new opera score in the leading opera house in the Venice of 1745.opionator.wordpress/2014/0

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