"Vienna Nocturne" by Vivian Shotwell
In the late 18th Century, the only places where a singer could become truly famous were in Italy and Vienna. So that's where the British child prodigy Anna Storace went to show off her amazing voice. Her rise to fame was legendary, as was her friendship with none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For her, he wrote the part of Suzanna in his opera "The Marriage of Figaro" and a rondo for soprano and piano that is considered one of his finest pieces. In her debut novel "Vienna Nocturne," Vivian Shotwell investigates the woman behind the voice and her relationship with music, its patrons and its creators.