Study Guide

Bel Canto Characters

By Ann Patchett

Roxane Coss

Roxane Coss is a fictional opera superstar, and that means she's pretty much the person all of...

Mr. Hosokawa

Mild-mannered electronics firm CEO by day, super opera fan by night! Okay, so a passionate...

Gen Watanabe

Sorry, not Ken Watanabe. No Last Samurai or Inception here. But Gen Watanabe does have the...

Carmen

Carmen's character is all about discovery and exploration, and the tragic way things can end if...

Messner

Messner's an awfully competent dude, but he's been dealt a bad hand in this situation. Like, not...

Ruben Iglesias

Ruben's an awfully nice guy. He also happens to be the vice president of the unnamed South...

Father Arguedas

Whatever your views on organized religion, it's hard not to like Father Arguedas. He's young,...

Simon and Edith Thibault

Simon is the French ambassador to the host country. Edith is his elegant wife. They've been...

Victor Fyodorov

Victor Fyodorov is Secretary of Commerce in Russia, but that's not what matters most to him...

Terrorist Generals: Alfredo, Hector, and Benjamin

For terrorists, Generals Alfredo, Hector, and Benjamin don't seem to be such awful guys....

Cesar

Cesar is one of the young terrorists. He could also be the next Justin Timberlake of opera. Just...

Ishmael

This is the guy who starts the book with the words "Call me Ishmael," and then gets sucked into a...

Other Young Terrorists

The other young terrorists aren't fleshed out in quite as much detail, but we get the sense that...

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