The Queen’s Soprano

Written by Carol Dines
Review by Nancy Castaldo

Based on a true story, The Queen’s Soprano tells the story of seventeen-year-old Angelica Voglia, who must flee to the court of Queen Christina when Pope Innocent XI forbids women to sing in public. Angelica has the voice of an angel and a mother determined to use her voice to marry her off to a wealthy nobleman. Queen Christina, like many of us, loves music and enjoys having Angelica and her other singers in her court to sing for her at her whim. She certainly disagrees with the Pope that Angelica’s voice is the “devil’s breath.” Angelica comes to realize that the queen is right in believing that the two of them are alike, both “born into lives that separate us from other people” and both carrying the burden of those gifts. Carol Dines, the author of two other young adult novels, Talk To Me and Best Friends Tell the Best Lies, succeeds in her first historical novel in her portrayal of 17th-century Rome. Interspersed with Italian, The Queen’s Soprano captures the tone and politics of the city. Dines has created a work that will speak to both young adult and adult readers interested in baroque-era Italy. Age 14 and up