CASTRATI

Cecilia BARTOLI's superb new CD "OPERA PROIBITA" has awakened a new interest in the world of the castrato singer.
The hybrid vocalists dominated the operatic scene during the 17th century till they began falling from fashion
starting in the late 18th century/early 19th century. Here are some souvenirs of some of the illustrious names
and the works they sang.


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*222. BROSCHI, Carlo (FARINELLI)- lithograph by Guzzi 7 x 9" of the great soprano castrato trained by the composer/teacher Nicola PORPORA became perhaps the most famous castrato of all time a living legend for his great virtuosity and beauty of voice as well as his lengthy stay at the Spanish court where he sang the same 4 arias to the depressed king night after night. They lavished a fortune of money, honors and opportunity upon him. He composed, collected great art and was very influential
...........................................$375

*223. CONTI, Gioachimo (GIZZIELLO)- lithograph by Piotti 7 x 9" of the soprano castrato who came to London in Handel's Italian Opera at Covent Garden and became a rival to Farinelli who was appearing with Porpora's troupe the Lincoln Inn Fields Theatre. He created Handel's "Ariodante" among other of the composer's operas. He was famed for his high notes and the only time Handel composed a high C was for him!
...........................................$375

*224. CRESCENTINI, Giralamo- superb lithograph by 13 x 19" of the mezzo soprano castrato a pupil of Gibelli in Bologna he created Cherubini's "Artaserse" at Livorno & at La Scala he created Zingarelli's "Romeo e Giulietta" where he enjoyed a great success as well as singing in all the major Italian theatres and creating many other works eg Cimarosa's "I Curazi ed gli Orazi" at the Teatro alla Fenice. While in Venice he taught Angelica Catalani, whilst in Napoli the young Bellini. Later he was a popular favorite in Vienna and Paris where he was a great favorite of Napoleon. With Velutti he was the last of the GREAT castrati
...........................................$900

*225. CRESCENTINI, Giraolamo- ALS 1 p in Italian to " Napoli, 9 December 1834, Illustrious Signora Pacini (perhaps wife of the music publisher I received your gracious letter with the greatest of pleasure, for your acquainting me with this promising musician you may be sure that I will do everything in my power for this artist so highly recommended by you you will find enclosed a letter from me addressed to Maestro Cherubini. I am asking your kind assistance in seeing that it is delivered to him. After you sent Signor Cottrau (trasnscriber of Neopolitan & Sicilian folk songs & friend of Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Malibran etc.) 20 of my arietta I have heard nothing. Regarding the next shipment if you could send it as soon as possible you would be doing me an enormous favor I thank you for thinking of me With all best wishes Yours, Crescentini" SCARCE
...........................................$1,275

*226. MAJORANO, Gaetano (CAFARELLI)- lithograph by Stuppi 7 x 9" of the mezzo soprano castrato who took the name of his sponsor Dominco Cafarelli as his stage name. A Porpora pupil he quickly emerged as a leading singer in all the major opera centers creating Handel's "Serse" in London in 1738. He was an outrageous personality mimicking his colleagues, singing his own versions of music and talking with the public while others sang
...........................................$375

*227. VELLUTI, Giovanni Battista- lithograph by Antonio Barnieri 13 x 19" of the last of the GREAT castrati he created roles in operas by Niccolini ("Coriolano"-opposite Colbran), Rossini ("Aureliano Egitto") & Meyerbeer ("Il Crociato in Egitto" opposite Malibran). Like most all the great castrati he enjoyed enormous international reclame. He was active in presenting operas in London
...........................................$575

LIBRETTI/PROGRAMMI of OPERA SUNG BY THE GREAT CASTRATI
(V) = VIRTUOSO as castrati were listed in the programs of the time

228. BORGHI, Giovanni Battista- "Alessandro in Armenia" - Teatro di San Beneditto Venezia Autunno 1768- Alessandro- Gaetano GUADAGNI (V)
...........................................$425

229. CORASIO, Artino- "Siroe Re di Persia"- Teatro Grimani a S. Giovanni Crisostomo Venezia Carnevale 1731-Siroe- Nicola GRIMALDI (NICOLINO) (V)
...........................................$425

230. GIORDANI, Giuseppe- Osmane" Nobilissimo Teatro di S. Benedetto Venezia Carnevale 1784- Osman Giusppe CRESCENTINI (V), Anna Pozzi (s)
...........................................$775

231. GUGLIELMI, Pietro- "Merope"Teatro Regio di Torino Carnevale 1775- Epitide Giuseppe COMPAGNUCCI (V) + Caterina BONAFINI (Sop) +Giacomo DAVID (ten)
...........................................$425

232. JOMELLI, Nicolo- "Semiramide" - Teatro Grimani a S. Giovanni Girostomo Venezia Carnevale 1743- Memmnone- Giacomo ZAGHINI (V) + Emiramide Signora Vitoria TESI TRAMONTINI (sop)
...........................................$325

233. MAESTRODI, Francesco Bianchi- "Tarara o siaVirtu premiata"- Teatro La Fenice Venezia Carnevale 1793"- Tarara- Gaspare PACCHIEROTTI. (V) + Giacomo DAVID (ten) + Brigida GIORGIBANTI (sop) + Marianna SESSI (sop)
...........................................$475

234. NASOLINI, Sebastiano- "Tito e Berenice"- Teatro La Fenice Venezia Fiera dell'Ascensione 1793- Tito- CRESCENTINI (V) + Caterina LANG (sop)
...........................................$600

235. PAMPANI, Antonio Gaetano- " Adriano in Siria"- Regio Ducal Teatro di Milano Carnevale 1751- Farnaspe- Gioachino CONTI (GIZZIELLO)(V) + Caterina ASCHIERI (sop)
...........................................$425

236. PORPORA, Nicola "Meride e Selinunte" - Venezia Carnevale 1726 Teatro Teatro Grimani a S. Giovanni Grisostomo-Dionisio- Andrea PACELLI (V)
...........................................$425

237. UNKNOWN COMPOSER- "La Partenope"- Teatro Grimani a S. Giovanii Grisostomo Venezia Carnevale 1707- Arsace- Nicola GRIMALDI(NICOLINO) (V)
...........................................$425

238. UNKNOWN COMPOSER- "Tito Manlio" -Teatro della Fenice di Ancona Carnevale 1715- Tito Manlio- Gio. Battista TAMBURINI di SIENA (V) + -Giaocinto FONTANA (Il FARFALLINO)(V)/
...........................................$475

Abbreviations
SP - Signed Photo
AL - Album Leaf
AS - Autograph Sentiment
PCC - Printed Calling Cards
ALS - Autographed Letter Signed
D/S - Dedicated & Signed
ANS - Autographed, Note, Signed
SPc - Signed Postcard
AMusQS - Autographed Musical Quote Signed
TLS - Letter signed by person described
LS - Letter signed by person described,
written by another




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