Fifty-six-year-old American ex-championship boxer Teddy Wilson is the number one entertainment executive in the world.
He owns record companies, TV shows, singers, and songwriters. With the help of his assistant, Harriet, and Bruno, his childhood buddy from Brooklyn, he resides over a music empire that has no peers. And now he’s got a new idea.
He wants to take the stick out of opera’s ass.
He spends over a year searching the globe for four handsome singers who are talented enough to sing opera, but will perform in the pop style instead. It wasn’t easy, but the four guys he finds were worth the wait, and the international singing group, Bel Homme, is born.
That’s French for “Beautiful Man.”
Teddy’s objective now is to make sure they become a cohesive unit that will attain his ultimate goal: to become the number one singing group in the world. This journey will be interesting because they’re a hodgepodge of differing backgrounds and temperaments.
From France comes that country’s current male superstar, Gabriel Grenier. He’s a pop singer, among other things, and the only one in this new group who is. But Teddy’s banking on Gabriel being the one who leads the others to the place that holds their brand new commercially-attractive sound he’s already hearing in his music-mogul’s head.
British member, Jamie Stratton, hails from Wiltshire, England. He’s a lyric tenor whose specialty is starring in record-breaking shows on the London stage. He’s the practical, unemotional sort with the classically-trained voice of an angel. Teddy figures one of the four should have at least one foot on the ground.
Nico Biviano is the member with the most impressive strictly operatic credentials. He was born in Pisa, Italy, and has been trained in opera technique since he was a small boy. His voice is a pitch-perfect baritone, his delivery is impeccable, and his vocal control is off the charts.
The fourth and final member of Bel Homme is from the United States. Michael O’Malley Jr. has done it all. Operas, Broadway, and upscale theatres around the world. He’s never tackled the pop venue, though, but thanks to Teddy and his aggressive vision, all four members will experience it now.
Teddy has built the group its own private compound on the grounds of his country estate in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England. Their recording studio is there, too, and it will become the base where all their unimaginable dreams begin.
He also hires his personal liaison for this project. Because Teddy knows he’s not exactly the snuggly, low-key type, the woman he seeks needs to be smart, classy, and diplomatically focused. Someone who will follow his orders to the limit. Harriet talks him into offering the job to her niece, Annie Morgan, a music teacher from Michigan. Teddy does. The groundwork completed, the choices made, the stage is set for success.
From Italy to France. From England to the U.S.A.
The saga of Bel Homme begins for four talented men and the four American women with whom they fall in love.
But that’s not all. This amazing experience will also change the relationship between Teddy and Harriet, and will forever alter Bruno’s fate, too.
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