|Voices of Summer (1992) [Novel]|
by Diane Pearson
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(From the publisher):
The Hochhauser Operetta Company was probably the tattiest and most unsuccessful theatrical group in the whole of Austria. Composed of artistes
who were either 'over the hill' (Freddi was tone deaf and Luisa could hardly waddle across the stage), or raw young recruits straight from music school, they had only two assets -- the magnificent old impresario, Franz Busacher, who kept them all going, and Karl Gesner, the tenor, who looked like a prince, had a voice like an angel, and was without doubt the nastiest and most spiteful man ever to walk the boards.
When Therese Aschmann, the soprano who had left the stage in tragic disgrace years before, was persuaded to join the company, everyone knew there would be trouble. Therese was insecure and desperately trying to make a comeback. Gesner was consumed with jealousy over her talent. No-one, however, could have imagined it was to be the beginning of the most extraordinary season Hochhauser had ever seen, a season of explosive scenes and magical transformations, both on and offstage. Above all it was to be a season where love blossomed, often in the most unlikely places.
Original title: Voices of Summer
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Contemporary