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Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would die within five years. Inexplicably, despite her fatal pulmonary condition, she could still sing. Medical experts advised Charity to abandon her musical dreams, but if her time was running out, she wanted to spend it doing what she loved.
In just three years, she endured two double lung transplants. Teetering between life and death, she slowly learned to breathe, walk, talk, eat, and sing again. With new lungs and fierce determination, she eventually fell in love, rebuilt her career, and reclaimed her life. Over a decade after her diagnosis, she has a chart-topping album, performs around the globe, and is a leading voice for organ donation.
Weaving Charity's extraordinary tale of triumph with those of opera's greatest heroines, The Encore illuminates the indomitable human spirit. It's the story of confronting devastating challenges with love: the intimate love of a mother for her daughter, a man for a woman, a doctor for her craft, and a singer for her music. Ultimately, grace from God and strangers enabled the work of love to save one young woman's breath and allowed her to reclaim her life.
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By Emily on 12-14-17
A truly remarkable story
Would you consider the audio edition of The Encore to be better than the print version?
Yes. I have been following Charity Tillemann-Dick's career for several years. I first bought the print version, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I downloaded the audio version when I learned that she sings in it. Hearing her singing voice as well as the inflections in her speaking voice made her incredible story come to life even more.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Well, obviously Charity, but her husband Yoni is a close runner-up! He has the biggest heart, and you can tell he just loves her so much.
What does Charity Tillemann-Dick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The opera solos! I was blown away.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed and cried. Charity has been through so much, and yet her positive attitude continues to buoy her and those around her up.
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