The Last Aria

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About the story:

 A novel with tasty secrets...One man’s obsession is another man’s dream. Two men are held captive by the beautiful Lilly LeClaire. The artist Garrett, by her presence in the ancient oil portraits that hang in a pre-civil war bed and breakfast,  and William, by her haunting voice as she sings to him in his sleep.  Night after night, she speaks to William through arias from Tosca, Julius Caesar and Madam Butterfly trying to convey her urgent message.

The author of “Taking Pictures", Chef Elizabeth Podsiadlo, spins another wonderful tale filled with 25 excellent French, German and other recipes, beautiful music, adventure and of course, a touch of the supernatural. 

 

Companion Recording:

This book was designed to be read while listening to the companion recording, made especially for this book. This recording contains arias of Puccini, Granados, Canteloube, Verdi and Handel and features tenor, Jeff Olson; Soprano, Jamie Korkos; piano, John Danke; and author and mezzo soprano, Elizabeth Podsiadlo.

 

Several scenes in the The Last Aria book feature well-known operatic arias to communicate, or to color the scene. If you are an opera buff and know these arias, you will immediately understand why the aria was chosen. However, if you are not familiar, you can rely on the translations made available within the text of the story to help you. That, along with the companion recording, will add a richness to your reading experience, making it a multisensory one. You will also gain a more in-depth understanding of the story line as well as the arias used.

A'Vucchella, Tosti
Bailero, Canteloube
Im Treibhaus, Wagner
La Maja y el Ruisenor, Granados
Raindrop Prelude, Chopin
Una Furtiva Lagrima, Donizetti
Vissi D'arte, Puccini