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by Sarah Bruce Kelly

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Sarah Bruce Kelly
ISBN: 0578025663
ISBN13: 978-0578025667
Language: English
Publisher: Bel Canto Press; First edition (June 1, 2009)
Pages: 258
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THE RED PRIEST’S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Girò, and aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom.

THE RED PRIEST’S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Girò, and aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom. September 6, 2015 ·. ebookdaily. eBookDaily - Free Kindle Books

THE RED PRIEST’S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Girò, and aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom. eBookDaily - Free Kindle Books

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The Red Priest's Annina book. Annina's struggle to break into and survive the treacherous, cutthroat world of Venetian opera is set against the colorful back-drop of 18th-century Venice, with its carnivals, masks, music, drama, and intrigue.

The Red Priest's Annina" tells the story of Annina, a young girl who dreams of a life on stage in the eighteenth .

The Red Priest's Annina" tells the story of Annina, a young girl who dreams of a life on stage in the eighteenth century. Through her journeys through Venice, she encounters characters of every persuasion making her journey to her dream an unusual one. Drawn from real events, "The Red Priest's Annina" is a choice pick that should not be ignored. Kelly's descriptive phrases flow like silk scarves sailing through Carnevale, as she leads us from the "salty sea air and the shrill of gulls flood senses" through the obscure veneziano dialect and even slumping spirits following admonishing words designed to dampen Annina's passion.

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THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Giro, an aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom

THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Giro, an aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom. Annina arrives in Venice in the winter of 1722 in hopes of studying with the great Venetian priest-violinist and opera impresario Antonio Vivaldi, known as the "Red Priest" because of his fiery red hair. But on her arrival she discovers that he has left for Rome

THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Girò, an aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom.

THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Girò, an aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom. Annina arrives in Venice in the winter of 1722 in hopes of studying with the great Venetian priest-violinist and opera impresario Antonio Vivaldi, known as the Red Priest because of his fiery red hair. But on her arrival she discovers that he has left for Rome

THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Giro, an aspiring singer who .

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The Red Priest's Annina, based on actual events, tells the story of 15-year-old Annina Girò, an aspiring singer who faces abandonment, cruelty, and harassment in her quest for theatrical stardom. Annina arrives in Venice in the winter of 1722 in hopes of studying with the great Venetian priest-violinist and opera impresario Antonio Vivaldi, known as the Red Priest, because of his fiery red hair. But on her arrival Annina discovers that Vivaldi has left for Rome. Her dream of singing in the opera is further hindered by family problems, a disparaging singing master, a malicious rival singer, a noble patron who becomes a sexual predator, and a mysterious Gypsy's prediction that she will suffer much and be silenced. Annina's struggle to break into and survive the treacherous, cutthroat world of Venetian opera is set against the colorful back-drop of 18th-century Venice, with its carnivals, masks, drama, intrigue, and music.
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KiddenDan
_The Red Priest's Annina_ tells the story of Anna Girò, who at age 14 in 1722 arrives in Venice hoping to study with Antonio Vivaldi, opera impresario and ordained priest. Referred to as _Il Prete Rosso_, for the color of his hair, Vivaldi had fingers that "flew like lightning over his violin strings, and his music sparkled with fire, as did his golden red hair and deep blue eyes." Anna in fact had met him before in Mantua, her hometown, where her dreams of singing in the opera had developed, and now she longs to study with Don Antonio.

This young adult novel follows Anna not only through her studies but also her triumphs and despairs, wrestle as she must against forces holding her back, including her own uncertainty. From the very opening page, the girl falls mute to duty: "I bit back the song I ached to sing." Though filled with the flight and excitement of song, Annina confides to us that arguing with her father is pointless, and retreats.

Shortly thereafter she learns of the circumstances that will take her to Venice, and despite her initial exhilarating introduction to the city and all its feasts for the senses, Annina begins to encounter the shadows that seem to accompany even the most ecstatic dreams. Kelly's descriptive phrases flow like silk scarves sailing through Carnevale, as she leads us from the "salty sea air and the shrill of gulls flood[ing the] senses" through the obscure veneziano dialect and even slumping spirits following admonishing words designed to dampen Annina's passion.

As language defines a people, it also characterizes the world Kelly has created, one filled with sights and sounds, scents and sensations that reach out with words utilized so skillfully one cannot help but be drawn in to the scenes themselves. When Annina first arrives at the house at which her patron had arranged her stay:

An old lady stood in the foyer, dressed entirely in black. Her withering stare made my throat clench. I felt gagged.
"I am Signora Malvolia, proprietress of this boardinghouse," she said. "I understand you are here in Venice to study music, under the patronage of the Duke of Massa Carrara."
The air, thick with the stench and taste of mildew, was dizzying.
"Si," I said, as I sank into a curtsy with legs as wobbly as a newborn colt's.
She pursed her lips and looked me over. "They call you Annina?"
I nodded warily.
"You may call me Signora," she said, her lips tightening.

True to her name, Signora supports Chiara Orlandi, whose every move is designed to isolate Annina: rifling through her belongings, withholding mail, initiating rumors, engaging deceit, and at long last, offering a hand in friendship. How far is Chiara prepared to go before her plans backfire? Can a friendship between the two rivals succeed?

Given Annina's age and inexperience, it is unsurprising that Chiara manages to fool and lead her into compromising situations. Annina's determination not to be seen as needy or impractical leads her to internalize, which aids Chiara's schemes. At one point it seems the threatened singer will manage to push Annina away from her dreams after all. After Annina botches a score transcription that makes her late for a music lesson, Chiara delivers the younger girl's punishment:

"I've asked Signora to reassign your status in this household to that of a servant. Tomorrow morning you'll begin to learn the art of dressmaking and assist our resident seamstress in sewing operatic costumes. That will be your fulltime job."

Here Annina recalls her mother, who had abandoned the family, perhaps in an unhappy search for her own musical past, sacrificed for her female role in society, recognition only having come much later when she remarries in order to secure herself a protected place in society. Annina, a child of this second marriage, feels abandoned by everyone in her life and turns to la moretta, the mask purchased at the start of Carnivale from a woman who had told Annina she would suffer much, but that the mask would shield her. It seems to promise her protection, but by its very nature, her silence is the price for such safety. In our journey with Annina we witness her ongoing struggle with this duality: the need to have and develop her voice paired with the exposure that renders her vulnerable to those who would crush it. In turn we observe her impact on those in the same circle, and influenced by what her voice might offer.

Kelly has a delectable way with words, which enables her to convey a variety of lessons--music, history, political, social--while simultaneously presenting young adult readers with the story of a girl who endures personal struggles in many of the same ways they do. This particular span of years tends to be acutely rife with the politics of interpersonal relationships, harboring jealousy and rivalry as it does, along with the distinctly poor choices adolescents and teens often make in order to benefit with a positive spin. The opportunity to grow with Annina, to recognize Chiara's schemes for what they are, is so rewarding because readers can relate to her, no matter their own talent or perceived lack of it.

While Signora is a fictionalized character, Chiara Orlandi is historical, of whom little is known. The Duke of Massa Carrara was one of Vivaldi's early patrons, and although Kelly's treatment of his character is ficticious, it is based on knowledge of the era's common practices. These and other aspects of the story bring to life the realization that Kelly has done her research well. Based on documentation the author translated herself, she has woven a story that stands up to examination and critical exploration. _The Red Priest's Annina_ presents historical fiction at its finest.
Beydar
I thoroughly enjoyed the Red Priest's Annina. Sarah expressed the music in a way I could hear and appreciate the music. The story is really about Annina overcoming barriers that would keep her from developing her talents and the determination and strength of character it takes to succeed. But Sarah's depiction of Vivaldi compliments Annina's struggle and gives an insight into the world of a dedicated musician. I felt that I was in Venice and could vicariously experience the time and place.
Zadora
I am fascinated by the great composer/priest Vivaldi and the school of orphan girls in Venice for whom he wrote some of his greatest music. Readers have been fortunate to have two Vivaldi novels published in the past few years, both quite different. THE RED PRIEST's ANNINA adds a third, unique in its particularly tender relationship between the frightened young girl who wants to sing and the fatherly, kindly but exacting Vivaldi who takes her under his protection and begins to teach her. A principled man devoted to his work, he wants only to guide her young career, but she perhaps feels something more than daughterly to him. The novel is based on the complex and still mysterious relationship with the great composer/priest of nearly three hundred years ago and his talented singer Anna Giro. A lovely book!

I am the author of MARRYING MOZART (Penguin) and CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET (pub date April, 2010).
Steelrunner
Sarah Bruce Kelly surely knows how to spin a tale! She can keep the reader intrigued throughout the book until the end. Her descriptive style captures the audience's imagination and transposes it in place and time. Her knowledge of old Venice is a learning experience for all. I truly recommend!
Oreavi
Historical novels are usually not my genre of choice, however, after the first couple of chapters I was completely drawn into the story. The amount of research that must have gone into this novel is apparent and the story quite well written. I had a hard time putting it down, finishing the entire book in a couple of days. I can definitely recommend this book..
Xcorn
This book should be mandatory reading in all schools - especially for young ladies who love music. Anyone who is a fan of Vivaldi's opera's and compositions will feel at moments as though they are in the room with him while he is capturing his gift and delivering his emotions onto paper! I'm a slow reader and once Annina arrives in Venice I finished the book in a few days! In fact, I rushed home to finish this wonderful adventure and I look forward to reading more about the life of Annina - especially her connection with the stories of the other youth who were encouraged through the honest and determined coaching of Father Vivaldi!
Peles
I really wanted to like this book, but the writing is so basic it could have been done by a grade 10 high-school student, and the story is just passable.
In reading The Red Priests Annina I was quickly taken back to Italy and had the opportunity to enter Venice for far less than a plane ticket. While I was there I got to enjoy the life of the 18th century in a city which remains similar today as it was then. I was introduced to people I had not known and felt I left knowing them and would like to visit with them again. I am sure my next trip to Venice will be enhanced as I look for all the familiar places and imagine how Antonio and Annina would have been enjoying their everyday lives so long ago.
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