A Novel by Ann Patchett, 2001
“…when she came to the highest notes it seemed that all they had been given in their lives and all they had lost came together and made a weight that was almost impossible to bear.”
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of a powerful businessman. With opera’s most revered soprano mesmerizing the international guests, it is a perfect evening – until a band of terrorists takes the entire party hostage. As days stretch into weeks and weeks into months, and joined by no common language except music, the hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds, becoming compatriots, friends, and lovers.
PCM faculty perform beloved songs and arias from the bel canto repertoire.
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