The Tenor

The Tenor

by Peter Danish


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The Tenor is a sweeping epic tale of historical fiction in the style of Ann Patchett's "Bel Canto" and De Burniere's "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." It swiftly moves from Pino Vaggi's youth in pre-war Italy, to his coming of age as a soldier in war-torn Greece, before ending in a shattering surprise finale at Maria Callas' historic final performance ever on the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera House in 1965. It is based loosely on the stories and anecdotes that I learned from several of Maria Callas' personal friends and from nearly a dozen trips to Italy and Greece to research the subject.

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ISBN-13: 9780991099351
Publisher: Pegasusbooks
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

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The Tenor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite Even if you don’t like opera, you’ll like The Tenor by Peter Danish, and if you do love opera, you’ll love it even more. And the book makes opera so appealing that, perhaps, it will make new opera lovers out of some of its readers. The Tenor, a well-written piece of historical fiction, revolves around Pino Vaggi, a promising young singer who grows up in a small Italian Alpine town in the 1930s, thinking of almost nothing but opera – that and his beloved Gia, also a singer. He gets a contract to sing at La Scala, but before he can follow through, World War II erupts and he gets drafted. He finds himself stationed in Athens, where he becomes enchanted by a young female singer whom he hears singing from her window. He befriends the young soprano and even sings duets with her. Years later, she has become one of the most famous opera singers in the world — Maria Callas! And Gino, now married to Gia and living in New York, can only hope he’ll meet her again. In The Tenor, Peter Danish reveals himself to be a master of description, portraying Pino’s Alpine village and Italian army life during World War II so vividly that you can imagine being there. The Tenor also reveals the complicated relationship that the Italian people had with fascism, showing that behind closed doors there was a lot of resentment against Mussolini. The later passages describing New York City are also true to life. No matter how you look at it, The Tenor by Peter Danish hits a high note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 72 year old who studied music in college and yet ended up as a locomotive engineer. I am a life long loyal church singer and orchestra member and learned that with music missing from life there really is no zest in life. I love action novels of the Brad Thor, W.E.B. Griffin genre and even as a music lover would never have bought this except for the fact that a member of my family knew the author. What a delight to see how the author wove history, music and romance into a wonderful tear-jerker. :-)~ I have a opera listening history that helped me pick up all the slick nuances here and there. The book had me singing, misty eyed several times and on pins and needles also. It was sad but also a re-affirmation that in spite of awful war there are really good people among us. The slick surprise twist with Maria Callas at the end, made the book for me.
LHCollinsLH More than 1 year ago
A Wonderfully Evocative Historical Novel Recently ''The Tenor'' was recommended to me and at first I wasn't sure if it was the right type of novel for me as I'm not very familiar with opera history, but I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. This is a novel with a great deal of heart and soul; it's a feast for the senses as it delves deep into the war torn Europe, the task of growing up in as the world changes, the beauty of music as it evokes emotion in us, the sweeping romance of love and death when death seems to be always around the corner. The well-written novel has an authentic tone and uses a blend of fact and fiction to create a truly emotionally charged story from start to finish. Peter Danish has a gift for storytelling that manages to grab your heart and run with it, pulling emotions from you like strings from a tattered blanket... each one adding a layer to the story in a wonderful way. Overall, this was wonderfully compelling and left a distinct impression long after the novel was over. 
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
Peter Danish sends his readers on an epic journey from pre-war Italy to war ravaged Athens. Through Pino Vaggi we are introduced to the hopes of a young child yearning for a life in the opera world. When his chance is finally within his reach, WWII breaks out and he is ripped from his home and placed in Athens where he meets the love of his life who is also his enemy. In his heart he knows he can’t let her die and will do anything to protect her. Without giving away too much I will just say that Danish’s writing is art in itself. His words at time are poetic and you feel yourself being carried away on his gently rolling waves. His accuracy for historical details is flawless. I am the first one to say I love a good historical book. I will also admit I know absolutely nothing about the opera or that I am very knowledgeable in the fine arts. I did enjoy this sweeping tale of Pino and his determination to save the lovely Maria Callas. Beautifully written and easily enjoyed by fans of historical drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danish has certainly done his due diligence in research. His writing is clear and evocative. If you have an interest in opera, Italy, or WWII era history, pick it up!