THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Gir , an aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom. Annina arrives in Venice in the winter of 1722 in hopes of studying with the great Venetian priest-violinist and opera impresario Antonio Vivaldi, known as the "Red Priest" because of his fiery red hair. But on her arrival she discovers that he has left for Rome. Her dream of singing in the opera is further hindered by family problems, a disparaging singing master, a malicious rival singer, a noble patron who becomes a sexual predator, and a mysterious Gypsy's prediction that she will suffer much and be silenced. Annina's struggle to break into and survive the treacherous, cutthroat world of Venetian opera is set against the colorful back-drop of 18th-century Venice, with its carnivals, masks, music, drama, and intrigue.
Author: Sarah Bruce Kelly Publisher: Bel Canto Press Published: 06/05/2009 Pages: 260 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.18lbs Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.75d ISBN: 9780578025667