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Mozart's Blood
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Mozart’s Blood is historical fiction based on a real-life character, the opera singer Teresa Saporiti, who created the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni.  The story spans four centuries and takes place in half a dozen great opera houses.  It’s all about an abiding passion for music which even time and death cannot extinguish. When nineteen-year-old Teresa shares the bite of a vampire with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, her life and his are changed forever.
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Mozart’s Blood is historical fiction based on a real-life character, the opera singer Teresa Saporiti, who created the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni.  The story spans four centuries and takes place in half a dozen great opera houses.  It’s all about an abiding passion for music which even time and death cannot extinguish.

When nineteen-year-old Teresa shares the bite of a vampire with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, her life and his are changed forever.

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Seventeen-year-old Teresa Saporiti flung open the door of her father’s tiny stone house and ran out to the cobbled balustrade to lean against it, pressing her hands to her mouth to keep her father from hearing her sobs.  Beneath her the blue waters of Lake Garda sparkled joyously in the August sunshine, mocking her torment.  Behind her the voice of her father had gone still.  The soft call of a black-necked grebe from the shore carried through the quiet.  F and B.  A distant part of her mind noted the tritone without knowing, at that moment, that the tritone would forever be connected in her mind with the day she left home.

            Teresa pressed her hands to her eyes, and tried to stem her tears.  She couldn’t let Babbo see her cry.  He would think she had weakened, that if he kept trying, he could persuade her to stay.  But she couldn’t!  She couldn’t stay here in Limone, cooking and cleaning for her babbo.  She didn’t want to marry one of the boys who plied the fishing boats on the lake or tilled the vines in the hills, and cook and clean for him.  She wanted to sing.  She needed to sing.

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An opera singer's career is a short one. It fascinated me to think what it would be like to have multiple careers, to be able to begin again without losing everything learned in the previous one. In MOZART'S BLOOD I was able to explore that idea, and get to know two fascinating characters at the same time. Octavia and Ugo have a unique relationship that spans centuries, and encompasses world-class opera houses and touches the lives of the greatest singers of two hundred years.

About Louise

Louise Marley is a former concert and opera singer who now writes fulltime. She is a two-time Endeavour Award winner, has had several ALA Best Books of the Year honors, and two Nebula nominations. Her bibliography includes science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fantasy, as...

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