HFVBT: The Tenor Giveaway

April 3, 2014 Whitney Uncategorized 3 Comments

Author: Peter Danish
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: February 24, 2014

Source: Book Tour 

The Tenor is a sweeping 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.

Pino Vaggi is not like the other children in Italy in 1930. While they play soccer, he listens to opera. By age ten, he is already a child prodigy, an opera singing sensation on the fast track to a major international career. On the eve of his debut, WWII breaks out. The theater is closed. The season is cancelled. Pino is drafted. He is stationed in war-torn Athens, where he hears and ultimately falls in love with another child prodigy, the young Maria Callas. There is one major problem: she is the enemy. However, as famine devastates Athens, (a famine created by the diversion of humanitarian aid meant for the Greeks to the Russian front to feed the German Army) the artist in Pino can’t fathom the thought of the greatest singer the world will ever know perishing, especially if he is in a position to prevent it. With a firing squad in the balance, he repeatedly risks his own life to protect and feed the young girl and her family. In the process, his love for her deepens, until something tragic happens – something with devastating consequences that blows the young lovers apart.
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About the Author

Peter Danish is the Classical Music Editor in Chief for BWWClassical.com, the classic music site for BroadwayWorld.com, covering and reviewing the classical music performance in and around New York City and the greater New York Area. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, he is the playwright of the play: “Gods, Guns and Greed,” as well as the new musical: “The Flying Dutchman.” His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week Magazines.

Author Links
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Monday, March 24
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes
Tuesday, March 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Friday, March 28
Review at A Rose in the City
Review at Kelsey’s Book Corner
Monday, March 31
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Tuesday, April 1
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, April 2
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, April 3
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Review & Giveaway at She is Too Fond of Books
Friday, April 4
Review at Closed the Cover
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at Princess of Eboli


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3 responses to “HFVBT: The Tenor Giveaway

  1. I love opera, especially now when they are able to show the libretto(subtitles) during live opera now. The last one I saw was "The Mikado". This sounds like a great book and I have added it to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I love opera, historical fiction is my favorite genre, having both in one book is most appealing. Maria Callas was not just an excellent singer, she was also a superb actress, that is what made her so unique.

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