Tempesta's Dream is the story of an aspiring opera singer coming of age in Milan; a tender and moving love story; a testament to the bonds of friendship; and, at its core, a tribute to the beauty, majesty and miracle of opera.
Giovanni Tempesta always dreamed of becoming an opera tenor and one day singing from the stage of the La Scala Opera House in his hometown of Milan, Italy. But with no real training, his dream has little chance for fulfillment .
One day, he meets and immediately falls in love with Isabella Monterone, a dark-haired beauty, whose father, a very rich and powerful Milanese Judge, refuses to allow his daughter to date a penniless musician. At the lowest part of his life, Giovanni comes upon the Casa di Riposo, a rest home for musicians established by the great opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi .
It is at the Casa Verdi that Giovanni meets Alfredo del Monte, a blind, retired opera singer with a secretive past who gradually becomes his mentor. Could Alfredo be the one person who could assist Giovanni in finding the break he needs? Or is Giovanni destined to be on the cusp of reaching his life long dream, only to find failure?
Tempesta's Dream, at its core, is an Italian opera love story. The author tells the story simply and swiftly with an ending that is both an emotional and poignant moment of both "amicizia e amore" (friendship and love.)
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Vincent LoCoco discusses his novel, Tempesta's Dream
Praise for Tempesta's Dream: "The author's contagious love of opera and his faith in human decency sing through this lovable page-turner of a story." -Susan Nicassio, Author of Tosca's Rome
"An intelligent and entertaining lyrical journey . . . A rare, beautiful story with passion and opera pulsating through each page. LoCoco has woven a unique novel with exceptionally developed characters, realistic dialogue and a well-balanced narrative." -Penn Book Review
"A Powerful novel . . Tempesta's Dream is all about the music, it's all about the passion; and it's all about pursuing one's dream . . a moving, engrossing story."- D. Donovan, MidWest Book Review
"This book is truly a delightful escape to a place apart with an ending that might restore our faith in what it means to be human."- Italian American Digest
"The story holds charm and appeal. There is beauty in the depiction of the relationship between Giovanni and Isabella, as well as in the bond between Alfredo and the young tenor. Giovanni, Isabella and Alfredo will remain in 'memoria mia' for years to come."- George Shirley, Tenor, University of Michigan Emeritus Professor of Music (Voice)
"The story surprised me and involved me. The development of the book was very intriguing and moving."- Cecilia Gobbi, founder of the Associazione MusicaleTito Gobbi, an organization devoted to preserving and celebrating the record of her famous baritone father's contribution to opera.
"The author's contagious love of opera and hisfaith in human decency sing through this loveable page-turner of a story." -Susan Nicassio, Author of Tosca's Rome
"An inspiring tale of one man’s relentless pursuit his dream to become an opera singer. Giovanni’s dream is representative of the dream that each of us has and it inspires us to not flag in our quest." - Goodreads 5 Star Review.
"LoCoco skillfully brings to life the streets of Milan, so much that I could almost taste the espresso and see the cobblestone streets. Overall, just a very interesting, intelligent and believable book - 5 stars!" -Goodreads 5 Star Review.
"It's impossible not to feel the passion that Chip LoCoco has for the opera. This passion is personified by Giovanni Tempesta. I really enjoyed this beautiful novel. It's hard to say that it's a novel about a man's passion for the opera only... It really is a man's journey to realizing his dreams despite many obstacles." - Goodreads 5 Star Review.