SALVATORE BASILE is the author of two books, COOL: HOW AIR CONDITIONING CHANGED EVERYTHING and FIFTH AVENUE FAMOUS (Fordham University Press, 2014 and 2010).
A native of Syracuse, New York, he came to Manhattan as a refugee from the Boston Conservatory and landed in a Gilbert and Sullivan troupe; this led to a singing career and performances of over 90 opera and concert roles, as well as 25 years as a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He also has worked as a produce trimmer, dog walker, furniture refinisher, decorative painter, and—for exactly one night—private cook.
His work has been featured by media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, American Scientist, Smithsonian, Classical Singer Magazine, CTV, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and NPR.
He has currently completed his first novel, a tell-all about opera singers.

Other Works

  • FIFTH AVENUE FAMOUS: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral