Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. October Learn how and when to remove this template message The prologue begins with Carlo Broschi, the famous castrato Farinelli, reminiscing about his childhood as a singer in the church choir.
Early years[ edit The farinellie film Broschi was born in Andria in what is now ApuliaItaly into a family of musicians. As recorded in the baptismal register of the church of S. The Duke of Andria, Fabrizio Carafa, a member of the House of Carafaone of the most prestigious families of the Neapolitan nobility, honored Maestro Broschi by taking a leading part in the baptism of his second son, who was baptised Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola.
In Salvatore also took up the non-musical post of governor of the town of Maratea on the western coast of what is now Basilicataand in that of Terlizzi some twenty miles south-east of Andria. Unlike many castrati, who came from poor families, Farinelli was well-to-do, and was related to minor nobility on both sides of the family.
Maria di Loreto, specialising in composition. Carlo had already shown talent as a boy singer, and was now introduced to the most famous singing-teacher in Naples, Nicola Porpora.
Already a successful opera composer, in Porpora was appointed maestro at the Conservatory of S. Onofrio, where his pupils included such well-known castrati as Giuseppe AppianiFelice Salimbeni and Gaetano Majorano known as Caffarellias well as distinguished female singers such as Regina Mingotti and Vittoria Tesi ; Farinelli may well have studied with him privately.
Salvatore Broschi died unexpectedly on 4 Novemberaged only 36, and it seems likely that the consequent loss of economic security for the whole family provoked the decision, presumably taken by Riccardo, for Carlo to be castrated.
The text of this work was the first by the soon-to-be-famous Pietro The farinellie film known as Metastasiowho became a lifelong friend of the singer.
Farinelli remarked that the two of them had made their debuts on the same day, and each frequently referred to the other as his caro gemello "dear twin".
In this Serenata "Angelica e Medoro," the two leading roles were entrusted to two highly acclaimed singers: Farinelli quickly became famous throughout Italy as il ragazzo "the boy". It was common practice for young castrati to appear en travesti.
All these appearances were greeted with huge public enthusiasm, and an almost legendary story arose that he had to perform an aria with trumpet obbligato, which evolved into a contest between singer and trumpeter.
Farinelli surpassed the trumpet player so much in technique and ornamentation that he "was at last silenced only by the acclamations of the audience" to quote the music historian Charles Burney.
This account, however, cannot be verified, since no surviving work which Farinelli is known to have performed contains an aria for soprano with trumpet obbligato. It is far more likely that Carlo was castrated years before the death of his father, at which time he would have been 12 years old.
He spent the following season in Naples. His intonation was pure, his trill beautiful, his breath control extraordinary and his throat very agile, so that he performed the widest intervals quickly and with the greatest ease and certainty.
Passagework and all kinds of melismas were of no difficulty to him. In the invention of free ornamentation in adagio he was very fertile. However, the singer also possessed an extraordinarily extensive low range: Undaunted, Bernacchi repeated every trill, roulade, and cadenza of his young rival, but performing all of them even more exquisitely, and adding variations of his own.
Farinelli, admitting defeat, entreated Bernacchi to give him instruction in grazie sopraffine "ultra-refined graces" ; Bernacchi agreed. Induring the Carnival season in Venicehe sang in two works by Metastasio: In these important drammi per musica, performed at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo of Venice, at his side sang some great singers: During this period he could really do no wrong.
Loaded with riches and honors, he was so famous and so formidable as a performer that his rival and friend, the castrato Gioacchino Conti "Gizziello" is said to have fainted away from sheer despondency on hearing him sing.
George Frideric Handel was also keen to engage Farinelli for his company in Londonand while in Venice in Januarytried unsuccessfully to meet him. InFarinelli visited Vienna for a third time. After further seasons in Italy, and another visit to Vienna, during which he sang in oratorios in the Imperial chapel, Farinelli came to London in This company had Porpora as composer and Senesino as principal singer, but had not been a success during its first season of — He first appeared in Artaserse, a pasticcio with music by his brother Riccardo and by Johann Adolph Hasse.
He sang the memorable arias "Per questo dolce amplesso" music by Hasse and "Son qual nave" music by Broschiwhile Senesino sang "Pallido il sole" music by Hasse.
Of "Per questo dolce amplesso," Charles Burney reports: Burney described it thus: After this he set off with such brilliancy and rapidity of execution, that it was difficult for the violins of those days to keep pace with him. The librettist Paolo Rolli, a close friend and supporter of Senesino, commented:"Farinelli," one of the Oscar nominees in the foreign film category, is onto an interesting story, all right, but it leaves us feeling, like some of Farinelli's lovers, that something is missing.
What, exactly, is the point? To depict an interesting lifetime? It does. The film opens in Madrid, Spain, at the palace of King Philip V.
Riccardo Broschi (Enrico Lo Verso) demands to see his younger brother, the Italian castrato Carlo Broschi (Stefano Dionisi), better known by his nickname, Farinelli. Carlo doesn't acknowledge him. The rest of the film is told in flashback.
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Golden Globe(r) Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The true story of castrato opera singer Carlo Broschi, who enthralled 18th century European audiences under his stage name Farinelli. Mar 17, · The film includes several sinuous menage a trois scenes during which Carlo, or Farinelli, suggests that castration has been no real inconvenience and may actually contribute to the sexual mystique.