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Tempesta's Dream: A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera Paperback – September 26, 2013
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"An intelligent and entertaining lyrical journey . . . A rare, beautiful story with passion and opera pulsating through each page. LoCoco has woven a unique novel with exceptionally developed characters, realistic dialogue and a well-balanced narrative."
"The novel has enormous heart and a few times my eyes filled with tears. I was vividly involved with this young tenor, his dreams, and the wonderful old man who taught him. It is not an easy thing to convey the passion for song. However, the way the author did it, I could physically feel the young tenor singing and hear his voice."
"The author's contagious love of opera and his faith in human decency sing through this loveable page-turner of a story."
"The story surprised me and involved me. The development of the book was very intriguing and moving."
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ACCOLADES FOR TEMPESTA'S DREAM
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Giovanni loved his father, who taught him to love opera and trained him to become an opera singer. However, when Giovanni’s father dies in an auto accident, Giovanni meets with frustration in the pursuit his of his dream. In a poignant scene, Giovanni looks in the mirror and sees that his face now resembles his father’s. It reminds him of the dream that he was close to giving up on.
Giovanni, lonely and frustrated, falls in love with the beautiful Isabella, despite her wealthy father’s bitter opposition to Giovanni. Undaunted, Giovanni continues to see her and Isabella reignites Giovanni’s resolve to become an opera singer. My heart was warmed as it reminded me how my own wife’s love inspired me to pursue dreams that I might otherwise never have had the self-confidence to pursue.
The story is enhanced by the abundance of interesting historical information about opera. It is an ode to opera as much as it is as an acclamation of the indomitable human spirit.
Tempesta's Dream begins with the engaging story of a young Japanese woman waiting for her American husband to return home. We then learn that Franco Tempesta is in fact relating the famous story of `Madame Butterfly' to his opera enraptured son, Giovanni. This beautiful opening begins a loving tribute to opera centered around an ambitious, poor young tenor who wants nothing more than to be an opera singer. His quest for that goal coupled with a tender love story are entwined to create a bewitching tale of determination, incredible talent, and true love. Having lived in Hungary for two years, my daughter and I attended many of the operas mentioned at the Budapest Opera House. I loved the historical tidbits, the English operatic translations of the original Italian lyrics, and the author's clear passion for the music, words, and stories of opera. As Giovanni's teacher Alfredo states, a singer fulfills `this destiny, to allow people to see God through music." Highly recommended.