When young Louis Quilico meets upcoming concert pianist Lina Pizzolongo, a personal and musical collaboration begins that sees Louis become one of the most accomlished baritones in the world. Their son, Gino, follows in his father's footsteps to emerge as a globetrotting opera singer. Theirs is a story of love, fame, estrangement, breakdown, and finally triumph.
Connie Guzzo-McParland writes her own aria with this real-life family dynasty that takes us through the world of opera??all its high notes, tragedies and artistry intact.
About the author
Co-director and President of Guernica Editions, Connie Guzzo-McParland has a BA in Italian Literature and a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Upon graduation from the Master's program, she received the David McKeen Award for creative writing for her thesis-novel, Girotondo. In 2005, an excerpt from this novel, On the Way to Halifax, translated into Italian, won second prize at the ninth edition of the Premio Letterario Cosseria in Cosseria, Italy. Her novel, The Girls of Piazza d'Amore, was published in 2013 by Linda Leith Publishing and shortlisted for the Concordia First Novel Award by the Quebec Writer's Federation. Her second novel, The Women of Saturn, was released in May 2017 by Inanna Publications, She lives in Montreal
"Open the curtain to a vivid retelling of the almost mythical yet very real story of the Quilicos. Guzzo-McParland finds the balance between runaway fame, love, personal identity, and family obligation in this outstanding read." --Susan Doherty, award-winning author, A Secret Music, and The Ghost Garden "Gino is a great talent, a great voice, a real personality, and a beauitful actor. He has everything, and audiences are wild about him." --Luciano Pavarotti, 1990 "I was fortunate enough in my musical endeavours to work with the Quilicos, both father and son, and I can only underline that I had the greatest pleasure to make music with these great artists." --Zubin Mehta, 2021