- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 318 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 23mm | 281g
- Publication date: 2 August 2005
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0060838728
- ISBN 13: 9780060838720
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 33,170
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a band of gunwielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.
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By Kristen 18 Mar 2012
A beautiful book, I was enraptured from start to finish. In this story music transcends language and is a source of inspiration, a catalyst for change, a soundtrack for joy and for tragedy.
I was particular enamored with central character Katsumi Hosokawa, a Japanese businessman and lover of Opera. If you share his love of Opera then you will enjoy Bel Canto (an operatic term meaning 'beautiful song') all the more.
By Belen Garcia 23 Sep 2010
The characters in this book are so cliché (i.e. all the Greeks wear a moustache, of course) and it was so clear that nobody had took their time to make the terrorists speak in proper Spanish (instead we have a incorrectly written mix of different Spanish styles), that I barely read more than one chapter.