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The Queen's Soprano

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  697 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Angelica Voglia has the voice of an angel. But in seventeenth-century Rome, the pope has forbidden women to sing in public. To make matters worse, her controlling mother is determined to marry her off to a wealthy nobleman, even though Angelica is in love with a poor French artist. Angelica's only hope to sing before an audience—and escape a forced ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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This was a frustrating read. While it had the bare bones of a great story, it struck me as hampered by traditional 'YA rules' (especially page count) & the author's unwillingness to push the envelope enough to make it truly gripping. The pacing was uneven; some chapters were well-written & vivid, but others glossed over way too much material in an effort to keep things tidy. The second half, especially, read as if it was more about the narrator's (and the author's) adoration of Queen ...more
May 20, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Ok, I am just a sucker for happy endings, and I am not quite sure this was a happy ending. It could be argued it was, and I do believe in part it was what was supposed to happen and that it was right in a sense, but my heart is just so broken for Angelica. She went through so much trial, so much worrying about her future and security, so much fear, betrayal and scorn. I mean this truly was written very well, and I was incredibly sucked into the story. I couldn't stop reading, I felt so much emot ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Tenara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers.
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Sep 20, 2010 Thorayah rated it it was amazing
Singing has been Angelica’s hobby ever since she was a child. She was the girl with the miracle voice. A lot of from all over Europe come to her sing. Now that she is in the age of marriage, her mother intends to use her talents to get her married up in status. But Angelica does not want to use marriage as a way to become famous. She wants to use her voice to reach the courts of Rome. But will the Pope and his strict laws allow her to even go a step further with her talent? Will he stop creating ...more
Jenny Clark
Well, I can say that I am glad it broke the trend of "ignore facts, just have a marriage in the end". I still think it was a happy ending because now Angelica is free to do as she wishes. I do think some things could have been given more attention, such as eight months in like 5 chapters? And none of it really described anything, just was her and Theodan... I guess it is kinda me because I like the historical details, and really any book I read I like to have lots of world building. Even though ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I first picked up this book at the library. The cover and what it was about GRABBED me. I love how its shows that we don't need a man to be happy. I love it!!
Tuan Farah Syafiqah Tuan Shamsuddin
Meh, not my cup of tea.
Nov 24, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for history based novels and I really enjoyed reading The Queen's Soprano.
Miranda the Gayvenger
For all that there is very little information on Angelica Voglia outside of what Queen Christina wrote, Dines has done a great job of fleshing out and embellishing her life into something believable. Never did something make me stop and go, “No, come on, that would not have happened”. Everything was realistic and Dines has obviously done her research well, despite the fact that there are very few accounts of common life in 1600s Italy.

I think what I liked the best out of this story was the nume
Michelle Quinn
Apr 01, 2016 Michelle Quinn rated it really liked it
In The Queen's Soprano by Carol Dines we follow seventeen-year-old Angelica Voglia, a devoted singer during times when women are not allowed to sign in public.

Angelica is a very talented girl that loves to sing and her mother, knowing the gift her daughter has, allows gentlemen to sit outside the house and listen to Angelica and her sister Bianca sing. One evening, when Cardinal de Cabrera misses his duties to stay listening to Angelica, the Pope forbids all women to perform outside of a conve
Jennifer Wardrip
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It was the cover of the book that first got my attention. The girl on the cover of THE QUEEN'S SOPRANO was wearing a beautiful gown fit for royalty. Little did I know at the time that this book was a fictionalized account of Angelica Voglia, who became Queen Christina's soprano during the time of Pope Innocent XI.

All Angelica wants to do is sing, but the pope has forbidden women to sing in public. Angelica has a voice that was able to bring peo
Anna Karras
Angelica Volgia has a voice like no other. When she sings, she can make people burst with love, or weep with despair. But she lives in Rome in the 1680's, and the pope has outlawed any woman from performing (in any theatrical or musical sense) in public. So every morning Angelica sings behind the shutters of her room, and people gather in the street to listen to her "practice."

With the help of the maid, she learns that a young French sculptor has fallen in love with her, and they exchange notes
Jul 04, 2013 Cayleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
This book is set in 17th century Rome during the reign of pope Innocent XI. He was apparently super pious and hungry to take over the entire city from the different nobles and representatives of the different countries rulers that each ruled their own “Quarters”. He outlawed women singing in public for he thought that equaled a woman prostituting herself. And so, that brings us to Angelica Voglia (this is a fictionalized story of a real woman) who is a Glazier’s daughter and who has a wonderful ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Dines, Carol. 2006. The Queen's Soprano. (Released as paperback in 2007).

Set in seventeenth century Rome during the rule of Pope Innocent XI, The Queen's Soprano is the story of Angelica Voglia, a young woman, a talented woman, who ultimately ended up taking refuge in Queen Christina's court when it became too dangerous for her to remain with her own family. At the time, women were forbidden by the Pope to sing in public. For a woman to take the stage--no matter how talented--would be the undoin
May 26, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
3.5 star rating.

Over all the book was very good it got me out of a reading slump. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I love that the author took great pains in being historically correct in telling Angelica's story.

Angelica really lived and really faced the difficulties mentioned in the book. The characters were fun and interesting to read. Some of the officials and suitors were hard to differentiate at times. There were a few moments where I had to go back a paragraph or page to
May 06, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
An interesting book about the right of a common woman to appear and sing in public during the 17th century in Catholic Italy. Ruled by Pope Innocent XI who felt that singing (unless done in a convent and for the greater glory of God) detracted from a woman's natural "abilities" (I'm assuming this means childbearing and child rearing?), and who passed stringent laws against the same. The main character is a young woman (Angelica), recently coming of age, who lives to sing as often as possible. ...more
Jessamyn Anderson
Aug 06, 2013 Jessamyn Anderson rated it it was ok
I never quite understood the moral of the story... I was waiting for a definite ending to the story or for a climax, but I never figured out what it was. Throughout the book, there is a sense of hope for Angelica, the queen's soprano, and it leads readers to believe that she will find happiness in more than one area of her life. She faces obstacles beyond her singing career, but the end of book felt unresolved regarding these obstacles. Or if they were resolved, they were unhappy or hopeless ...more
Caroline Potterf
Feb 03, 2008 Caroline Potterf rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adults, adults, historical fiction people
The Queen's Soprano is a story of a girl with a perfect soprano voice. Sadly enough, she lives in 1688, Rome, where the new pope has banned women from performing in public. This girl's name is Angelica, and the book mostly tells you of her thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the crude world she lives in. There is love, betrayal, fear, friendship, violence, scandal...

As soon as I picked it up, I wanted to finish it. There was next to no plot, but there was something about the characters and s
Elizabeth G.
Oct 01, 2012 Elizabeth G. rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarter-1, favorites
The Queen's Soprano by Carol Dines is about a girl named Angelica who's has an angles voice. Her mother has suitors lined up and has schemes to set Angelica up ot the richest man, though he may be bad. When Lucia, a new maid moves in, her lives changes for ever. Her feeling's become more open and she feels more free. She sings freely and that is where she meets her true love, Theodon. When life for Angelica becomes unsafe sh emoves to the nuns convent, and then to the Queen's Palace. Will she ...more
Mary Karlee
May 12, 2010 Mary Karlee rated it liked it
Although I always like some good historical fiction, this was a little short on history and high on fiction for my taste. I thought it sad to see how even in a city that centers around the the Church (Rome), they still divided rigidly into classes treated those of the lower status with contempt. The story is all about Angelica's rise to fame despite the Pope's strict laws forbidding women to sing in public. Although the book ending somewhat unresolved, I liked it. I also really liked the ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Danikquia rated it it was amazing
Though this book had a terribly sad ending, you still feel as if the heroine wasn't ruined by all she went to. You follow her through an important part of her life, making you understand the main character even more until she's like a best friend. This book will make you love the good guys and love to hate the bad guys. The author, Carol Dines, also did a wonderful job of keeping the story historically correct [mostly], even when the history books are unclear on what exactly happened; Dines ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Kesiah rated it liked it
Very nice book about the former Rome, its people and the Vatican. It is very exciting and absolutely not boring. The cover and the title "Youth Novel" not at all match the written word itself.
In my opinion, this novel is indeed not really difficult to understand, but the novel is written more for adults than it might seem from the outside. So the cover is unsuitable. But then it has no influence on the final book itself, except youre so superficial and respects the store that you only look on t
Mar 25, 2013 Ellie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, fiction
It was really good when it got going. The mood was up and down which is what I would expect, but Angelica was somebody I would also like to slap. I understand that at that point in time, especially in Rome, that religion and marriage were strict. But I think that Angelica made a big mistake about ignoring Theodon. She really over reacted, and thankfully she realised it, but it was to late when she did. She had already ruined her chance of happiness. Her mother made her life a living he'll. But ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorites! The story was so exciting that it really compelled me to turn from page-to-page. I was totally hooked up until the very end of this novel. Every chapter has a different thrill and drama that made me more excited and in love with it. Since I love singing like the main character of the story, I got absolutely inspired on how she pursued her singing after all the obstacles that came her way. Plus, the author's notes on the latter part added an unexpected twist and an ...more
Celeste Dailey
Apr 20, 2010 Celeste Dailey rated it really liked it
Okay, so this was a book I completely judged by it's cover, and in this case, it worked. I really liked this book. My reason for four stars and not five is that while there is no swearing, there is some crude language. Also, since this book is based on a true story, it doesn't have a "happy" ending, but a satisfying one, I think. The bottom line is I couldn't put this book down. This was one of those books where I put off everything like kids, dinner, cleaning, sleep, Dancing with the Stars ...more
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Sep 23, 2014 The Doctor rated it it was amazing
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Nov 10, 2007 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This novel is based on the true story of a 17-year old Christina Voglia who lived in Rome in the 17th century. She has a beautiful soprano voice, but Pope Innocent XI has banned women from singing in public. Christina’s mother desires to marry Christina off with rich suitors in order to rise to a higher social status. However, this conflicts with Christina’s own happiness and her desires to sing and choose who she marries. There are some mature scenes in the book that are not suitable for ...more
May 12, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
The beautiful interweaving of a young girl's family angst, romantic dreams, and musical ambitions is deftly handled in this gripping novel. The author imagines the life of Angelica Voglia in such a vivid and touching way, I felt completely drawn into her world.

The believable characters, engaging dialogue, and rich historical details make this delightful story a real treat for the senses. Angelica's determination to rise above her circumstances and follow her heart should be an inspiration for al
Apr 15, 2008 AimeeWrites rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, fictionalized history, and Philippa Gregory
I grabbed this book off the library shelf, probably drawn to the Philippa Gregory-like cover. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and I really enjoyed the stories of those close to the monarchs in Gregory's novels.

The Queen's Soprano tells a similar story, again with real characters, again in the court of a queen (this time in 17th-century Rome), but in a very different voice. That said, I really enjoyed it. It was an easier read than Gregory's books, and far less bloody, but no less enjoyabl
Sep 22, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: read2008, teen, historical
Angelica Voglia has the voice of an angel. Only to bad for her she lives under the tyrannical reign of Pope Innocent XI who has forbidden women to sing in public. And that she has a mother who will do anything to further the family's status by pushing her daughter into a marriage. Welcome to Rome in the seventeenth century. Pretty standard 'historical fiction'-based on a true story. Somewhat entertaining, no major flaws.
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Carol Dines was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. After earning her B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Colorado State University, she taught writing courses at universities in Wisconsin, Florida, and Minnesota. For the last fifteen years, she has also taught poetry and fiction in schools.

Her first book for young adults, Best Friends Tell the Best Lies (1989) was an Honor Book i
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