Open to community readers, opera newbies and aficionados alike, Opera Book Club is a great way to discuss, learn, and connect with those who share the love of literature and opera. Selections will feature books with opera as a theme or character, or books that are the inspiration for an opera.
Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
A mesmerizing novel that follows one woman's rise from circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all. As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris.
Books can be checked out from Community Partner Omaha Public Library or purchased at The Bookworm.