The Virtuoso by Margriet de Moor

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From the highly acclaimed Dutch writer Margriet de Moor, an extremely sensitive and sensual recreation of 18th Century Naples.

For one entire opera season, Carlotta sits in her candle-lit box held in the spell of a world in which knowledge, beauty and love collide: music. She is falling in love with the castrati, Gasparo. Set in eighteenth-century Naples, a place of carriages, churches visited by criminals, and ships resting in dusky harbors, The Virtuoso is the tale of an exceptional place and an exceptional passion.

A bestseller throughout Europe, The Virtuoso is both a wonderfully romantic historical novel and a literary triumph. With this very unusual love story, her first publication in the United States, Margriet de Moor is sure to attract a great many American readers.

"Margriet de Moor's virtuoso novel meets exactly the taste of our own time for the bizarre made sympathetic, the beautiful seen as the technical. . . De Moor--formerly a singer--describes Gasparo's singing, his swoony effect on his audiences and his lady's delight in his naked body with rhapsodically expert relish."--Sunday Times (London)

"The rapturous verve in de Moor's style is fueled by a swirl of period details which, for once in a novel of this kind, are neither mere set-dressing nor too patently the results of background research."--Times Literary Supplement

About Margriet de Moor

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de Moor studied piano and singing at the Academy of Music in The Hague.
Published January 1, 1996 by Picador. 200 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Her wealthy, older father, Paolo, also finds the boy's voice compelling, and, in a game of cards, gets Gasparo's father to submit his son to a life in the opera, starting with the operation that will make him a castrato.

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