Canadian soprano, singer/songwriter, and author Tonia Evans Cianciulli has won a Canadian Book Award for her recent release, The Heart’s Obsession — available now!
Forging a thrilling musical journey from across the surging sea of Twillingate, Newfoundland, and beyond, The Heart’s Obsession serves as a standing ovation for one of Canada’s most notable starlets, opera singer, Georgina Ann Stirling, also known as Marie Toulinquet, and ‘The Nightingale of the North.’
Together with her co-author Calvin D. Evans, Cianciulli celebrates the historical ripple effect one woman’s voice carried throughout the world, plus the love and loss the starlet must’ve felt during the increasingly isolating years of her meteoric rise to fame.
Separating fact from fiction through careful examination of the trail of documents and artifacts left behind after the prolific artist’s passing in 1935, and detailing unique insights into challenges faced by professional opera singers, the book brings Stirling’s astounding legacy into the 21st century.
Cianciulli — who has performed with renowned companies such as Opera York, Toronto Opera Repertoire, Opera Mississauga, Sarnia Orchestra, Brampton Lyric Orchestra, and more — also released an album to accompany the book. The Heart’s Obsession book and companion album is a vibrant feather in the cap of the ardent Stirling-devotee; previous releases include a Ron Hynes cover album, Beckon Me Home, “Marie,” “Nightingale Sings,” and more.
The Canada Book Awards recognizes Canadian authors and their outstanding accomplishments, creative achievements, and contributions to the world through literary mediums.
The Heart’s Obsession and The Heart’s Obsession Companion album are available here.