Opus One centers around Richard, an aspiring young pianist. With that goal in mind, he attends a music conservatory to study with one of the world's great pianists.
This is the story of his first year at the school, his lessons with his exacting but passionate teacher, and his immersion into the competitive but rewarding life of a budding musician.
The setting is fictional, a music conservatory in an American city, and the characters are fictional as well, but I've tried to be true to the music world in terms of the social atmosphere and descriptions.
If you want to hear some of the music mentioned, the Reader's Guide below has more information and links to YouTube versions of many of the pieces. However, please read the spoiler warning in that Guide before diving in.