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At the beginning of the seventeenth century in Italy, a two-headed Neapolitan surgeon-barber carried out an experimental operation on a poor young man — castration — thus preserving his angelic soprano tessitura. This is where the story of castrati, monsters and prodigies all began. This man of theatre is also a bass singer in the vocal quartet, Ars Nova, specialising in arias from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

A two-headed man, a castrato, a harpsichordist, a centaur, a horseman and Bonaparte all play a part in the telling of this historical journey — musical, outrageous, fantastic and oh so baroque! It does not surprise me that you have had an insurmountable aversion until now for that thing in the world that matters to you most. Unrefined and coarse people have spoken to you bluntly about having yourself castrated. It is such an ugly and horrible expression that it would have repelled a far less delicate mind than your own.

For my part, I will try to obtain your fortune in a less disagreeable manner, and will say to you, using insinuation, that you need to be softened by a little operation that will guarantee the delicacy of your complexion for many years to come and the beauty of your voice for the rest of your life. Today you are on familiar terms with the king, you are caressed by duchesses, praised by persons of quality. Stourton the Negro and pageboy respectively of the Duchesse Mazarino.

But you say that you fear the ladies will love you less. We are no longer living in a time of imbeciles.

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What we know quite well today is that glory follows the operation, and for a mistress with M. Dery as nature made him, a softened M. Dery will have one hundred of her like.


You are therefore guaranteed to have mistresses and it is a great fortune; gistoria no wife means you are free from a great evil — you will be lucky to have no wife, even luckier to have no children!

historai A daughter of M. Dery would get herself pregnant, xe boy would get himself hanged and, what is surer still, his wife would make of him a cuckold. Protect yourself from all these ills with a quick operation; you will have only yourself to be attached to, enjoying glory after this little thing that will make your fortune and give you the friendship of the world.

If I should live long enough to see you when your voice has broken and your beard grown, you will be reproached greatly. Prevent this from being the case and believe me to be the most sincere of all your friends. Letter from Charles de Saint-Evremond to M. Dery, young pageboy of his mistress.

They were children born into poor families who were propelled to the level of stars that shone in the frivolous constellation of the important courts in Europe.

At that time, Jesuit missionaries were opportunistic enough to tolerate the indigenous languages banned by the King of Spain. With his bwrbier, he has enjoyed making CDs of them, performing the sophistication, gaiety and virtuosic nuptials of bass, soprano, contralto and counter-tenor voices, accompanied by viola da gamba, uistoria, percussion instruments, harpsichord, baroque guitar and castanets.

The World of the Castrati: The History of an Extraordinary Operatic Phenomenon

He is also an independent director and a particularly fine director of actors. They were an unprecedented musical, social and cultural phenomenon. Fromthe court in Madrid, which vied on all things with the court in Naples, played host to Farinelli for 30 years as a therapist and confidant of Philip V, the depressive, establishing him as Philip the Great of Spain.

Yet in giving us a musical approach as fantastical as it is rigorous, the director does not omit casting an exhilarating and saving glance over the excesses and artifices of European men of nobility and religion, pursuing their shamelessness and emphasising their hypocrisies. His accurate and frenzied documentary is not devoid of irony either when it comes to these aristocrats who were happy to colonise the body of a lowly-born child for the sensual pleasure of frivolous feasts and liturgical spectacles.


Patgick courtly celebration is barbied place in an arena. It is more a performance than a reading! Two brothers, Siamese twins, are the masters of ceremony — just one black doublet with lace for this torso with two heads and four legs.

They are pontificating scholars, sly and quarrelsome mimics, each head vying patrjck its other half ee his display of knowledge and song.

For these two amazing actors are also professional bassesin real life. In this arena, the sublime has a touch of the ridiculous about it, and there is little to choose between affectation and barbarity or between tragedy and buffoonery. The musical theatre in it carries the lone and melancholic voice of castratj castrato soaring to the divine heights of arias by Pergolesi, Bononcini, Handel and Gluck.

The political theatre in it mocks class prejudices and the ambiguous attitude of the Church. That political theatre is a scandalmonger too, revelling in salacious tales and feasting on farce and jealousies, both those of diva sopranos towards the heavenly male sopranists and those of composers tyrannised by the whims of arrogant angels.

It is a small part of a greater History. Its extravagant and incredible journey pays homage to the Baroque spirit that astounded itself with exquisite abundance in order to distract itself from the gaping metaphysical void, whilst at the same time mocking this void too, juxtaposing its artifices and consented cruelty to satisfy its whims. castrari

The journey is a moving one too. Victor Zapatero Costume design: Claudia Mader Production manager: Grupo Estrategos Production assistant: Marco Antonio Diaz Executive producer: My dear child, It does not surprise me that you have had an insurmountable aversion until barbierr for that thing in the world that matters to you most.