The Maestro's Voice

The Maestro's Voice

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New York, 1926. Rocco Campobello, the great tenor - one of the most revered entertainers in the world - collapses on stage. He emerges from this brush with death a changed man: a fallen, but enlightened colossus, Casting off the mantle of celebrity, he embarks on a journey into his dark and sinister past which takes him back to his impoverished early life and to the city that made him: Naples. There he is forced to confront the truth about himself, his ruthlessness and treachery and to address ghosts from his past that he now seeks to lay to rest. Magnificent, flamboyant, yet impoverished and decaying, Naples is a city caught in the throes of change. The old ways, embodied in the activities of the camorra, the Italian mafia, are fighting to survive in the face of the brutal new poltics of Mussolini and his Fascists. Don Graziani, head of one of the city's most respected - and fear - families, has much to lose if the great tenor's career falls apart. In league with Campobello's near-estranged wife, he conspires to re-launch the great voice in magnificent fashion. When persuasion fails, he reveals his true colours and resorts to brutal blackmail as the means to force the tenor to go along with their plans and return to the stage. Rediscovering his own integrity, Campobello is compelled to hatch a dangerous counter plot of his own in order to outmanoeuvre them all and reclaim his life as his own... The Master's Voice weaves a rich and evocative path through a world of celebrity glamour, stinging violence, musical supremacy and scarred psyches.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 29mm | 333g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552775525
  • 9780552775526
  • 340,183

About Roland Vernon

Roland Vernon was born in 1961 and educated at Eton, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. He was briefly a professional singer but now divides his time between writing and managing his own small business. He is author of several biographical books on music and, most recently, Star in the East, a biography of the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. He lives in Somerset.show more

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New York, 1926. Rocco Campobello, the great tenor and superstar of his day, has collapsed on stage. As he fights for his life, the world holds its breath. The singer emerges from this brush with death a changed man. Rejecting both celebrity and a glittering career, he returns to his roots in the impoverished backstreets of Naples in order to confront a dark truth from his past and lay its ghost to rest. But Naples is in the throes of violent change. The brutal new politics of Fascism is on the rise, while the city's Mafia families feel their power slipping away. Caught between them, Campobello rediscovers a passion and an integrity he once feared lost and, in the face of blackmail, brutality and murder, hatches a plan to outmanoeuvre them all and reclaim his life. Against the spectacular backdrop of Naples' crumbling palaces, decaying streets and ancient catacombs, a master storyteller weaves a rich, compelling tale of corrupted fame, personal crisis, violence and redemption.show more

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