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Farinelli [Broschi, Carlo; Farinellolocked

  • Ellen T. Harris


(b Andria, Apulia, Jan 24, 1705; d Bologna, 16/Sept 17, 1782). Italian soprano castrato, the most admired of all the castrato singers.

In 1740, Farinelli wrote of his birth to Count Pepoli, ‘I do not claim I was born from the third rib of Venus, nor that my father was Neptune. I am Neapolitan and the Duke of Andria held me at the baptismal font, which is enough to say that I am a son of a good citizen and of a gentleman’. Farinelli's father, Salvatore Broschi, was a petty official in Andria and later in Barletta. There is evidence that the family moved from Barletta to Naples in ...

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