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The Castrato and His Wife,9780199569816

The Castrato and His Wife

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Pub. Date:
1/1/2012
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Summary

The opera singer Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci was one of the most famous celebrities of the eighteenth century. Mozart and Bach both composed for him. He was nothing less than a rock star of his day, with a massive female following. He was also a castrato. Ranging from the salons of princes and the grand opera houses of Europe to the remote hill towns of Tuscany, Helen Berry's compelling account of the unconventional love story of the castrato and his wife offers fascinating insight into the world of opera and the history of sex and marriage in Georgian Britain. Berry vividly describes how women flocked to Tenducci's concerts and found him irresistible. Indeed, his young singing pupil, Dorothea Maunsell, found him so irresistible that she eloped with him. A huge scandal erupted and her father persecuted them mercilessly. Dorothea joined her husband at his concerts, achieving a status she could never have dreamed of as a respectable girl. She also wrote a sensational account of their love affair, an early example of a teenage novel. Embroiled in debt, the Tenduccis fled to Italy, and the marriage collapsed when she fell in love with another man. There followed a highly publicized and unique marriage annulment case in the London courts. Everything hinged on the status of the marriage, whether the husband was capable of consummation, and what exactly had happened to him as a small boy in a remote Italian hill village decades before. Telling the remarkable story of Tenducci for the first time,The Castrato and His Wifeis both an exhilarating read and a perceptive commentary on the meaning of marriage, one that still resonates today.

Author Biography


Helen Berry is Reader in Early Modern History at Newcastle University. She is the author of numerous articles on the history of eighteenth-century Britain, and is the co-editor (with Elizabeth Foyster) of The Family in Early Modern England (2007). This is her second book.

Table of Contents

List of Platesp. xi
Picture Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Preludep. 1
The Pig Man Arrives in Monte San Savinop. 6
Schooling Angels in Naplesp. 24
The Castrato in Londonp. 41
Fancying Tenduccip. 67
A Dublin Scufflep. 90
The Elopementp. 108
Married Lifep. 130
The Trialp. 164
Legacyp. 193
Codap. 210
Notesp. 221
Graziep. 281
A Note on Sourcesp. 284
Appendix: Deposition of Tomasso Massip. 286
Select Bibliographyp. 290
Indexp. 301
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