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The Last Aria CD, companion to the book.
About the story: A novel with tasty secrets...One man?s obsession is another man?s dream. Two men are held captive by the beautiful Lilly LeClaire. The artist Garrett, by her presence in the ancient oil portraits that hang in a pre-civil war bed and breakfast, and William, by her haunting voice as she sings to him in his sleep. Night after night, she speaks to William through arias from Tosca, Julius Caesar and Madam Butterfly trying to convey her urgent message.
The author of ?Taking Pictures", Chef Elizabeth Podsiadlo, spins another wonderful tale filled with 25 excellent French, German and other recipes, beautiful music, adventure and of course, a touch of the supernatural.
Chef Elizabeth has completed her first religious recording. It features more than 20 local singers in solo pieces and two choirs including an eight-member children's choir. This precious recording was made in two days in the choir loft at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Pacific Beach.?
The recording has no digital edits, each track on the CD is as it was recorded. The beautiful echo you hear at the end of many of the choral pieces is as it was the night we recorded it. The beautiful acoustic of this wood and plaster church with its lovely arched ceiling has given a beautiful "patina" to each track of this recording.?
Elizabeth is very familiar with this fabulous acoustic as she as sung as choir member and cantor at St. Brigid's for 15 years. The recording is a collection of many different music styles. You will hear classical pieces of Bach, Palestrina, Verdi and Schubert, contemporary pieces by Shirley Whitecotton, Hal Hopson and Elisabeth Duda and folk music with hymns with Appalachian origin. Half of the proceeds from this recording will be going to the retired women religious of the Catholic Church, the other half will pay for the cost of this recording. Click the links below to download mp3 samples from the CD. Please note: the mp3 samples have been cut and their fidelity has been compromised by compressing them into an mp3 format. They pale in comparison to the actual recording.?
All pieces recorded with permission.
Companion Recording This book was designed to be read while listening to the companion recording, made especially for this book.?This recording contains arias of Puccini, Granados, Canteloube, Verdi and Handel.
Several scenes in?the The Last Aria?book feature well-known operatic arias to communicate, or to color the scene. If you are an opera buff and know these arias, you will immediately understand why the aria was chosen. However, if you are not familiar, you can rely on the translations made available within the text of the story to help you. That, along with the companion recording, will add a richness to your reading experience, making it a multisensory one. You will also gain a more in-depth understanding of the story line as well as the arias used
This is the Berg as I first saw it. That's the day I fell in love with this beautiful place and decided to write about it.
This painting of the Berg, which is the Whippoorwill Ridge Inn from the book, was painted by Elizabeth Williams. Seven generations of the Williams family lived at the Berg.
This is the bedroom above where the theater would be. This would have been Parker's room. While it would have been perfectly clean if Gertrude lived there, this photo was taken when the house was up for sale and the previous owner was in the midst of packing. Note the beautiful floors.
Whaley House Theater in Old Town San Diego. When I first saw this theater, I knew I wanted in my story and while I wasn't sure I would get permission to shoot my cover there. I spent a lot of time describing this very theater. When the S.O.H.O. Foundation gave me permission to shoot my cover there, I was overjoyed.