The opera singer Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci was one of the most famous celebrities of the eighteenth century. In collaboration with the English composer Thomas Arne, he popularized Italian opera, translating it for English audiences and making it accessible with his own compositions which he performed in London's pleasure gardens. Mozart and J. C. Bach both composed for him. He was a rock star of his day, with a massive female following. He was also a castrato. Women flocked to his concerts and found him irresistible. His singing pupil, Dorothea Maunsell, a teenage girl from a genteel Irish fa
Cover; Contents; List of Plates; Picture Acknowledgements; Prelude; 1. The Pig Man Arrives in Monte San Savino; 2. Schooling Angels in Naples; 3. The Castrato in London; 4. Fancying Tenducci; 5. A Dublin Scuffle; 6. The Elopement; 7. Married Life; 8. The Trial; 9. Legacy; Coda; Notes; Grazie; A Note on Sources; Appendix: Deposition of Tomasso Massi; Select Bibliography; Index
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