The Castrato and His Wife

The Castrato and His Wife

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"Ranging from the grand palaces and opera houses of eighteenth-century Europe to the pleasure gardens and debtors' prisons of London, at the heart of this book is an unconventional love story--of the elopement between the famous castrato Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci and his young bride Dorothea Maunsell. Set in a world of high art and celebrity, The Castrato and His Wife is the tale of a scandalous marriage that gripped Georgian society, and the hidden tragedy of where it all began--with the castration of a young boy in a remote hill town in Tuscany."--P. [4] of jacket.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780199569816
Characteristics: xiv, 312 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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-intelligent, informative, entertaining and thought-provoking. Berry is a skillful researcher, an adept thinker and a fine story-teller. And what a tale it is! How could I not pick up a book with a title like this?! Learned a lot about life, culture, law and many other things in Georgian Britain. And more than I wanted to know about the practice of castrating boy sopranos. A great read though!

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