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The Castrato and His Wife
 
 
Author
Helen Berry.
Publisher Oxford/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.6 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780199569816
Pages/Publication Date 312/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33319
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Opera singer Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci was one of the most famous musicians of 18th-century Britain, adored by composers and a legion of female fans—and he was also a castrato. Helen Berry's history details Tenducci's elopement with his teenaged pupil Dorothea Maunsell, and their subsequent persecution by Dorothea's vindictive father. It was the beginning of a string of scandals for the couple, which would include two children allegedly born of the union, financial ruin, and a unique, highly publicized marriage annulment case.

"Helen Berry has crafted the tantalizing tale of a baroque enigma. A consummate achievement, as light, bright, and sparkling as a glass of prosecco."—Amanda Vickery

 
 
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