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 Farinelli

Farinelli

Original Name Carlo Broschi
Birth
Andria, Provincia di Barletta - Andria - Trani, Puglia, Italy
Death 15 Jul 1785 (aged 80)
Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Burial Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Plot Campo Maggiore a Levante.Arco 2
Memorial ID 6901872 · View Source
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Castrati opera singer. He achieved near mythical status in his own lifetime, and he is often called the greatest castrati ever. Carlo Broschi was born to a family of lesser nobility in Andrea, Naples. He had one brother, Riccardo, a composer who wrote much of Carlo's music. He was castrated at age 7 or 8, and began studying under Nicola Porpora, the famous teacher of the castrati. He was the prodigy of the Farina brothers, and in accordance with tradition at the time, adopted the name Farinelli. Farinelli quickly became the toast of Italy, then toured Europe, performing for royalty and earning the title "The Singer of Kings". His shows earned him exorbitant gifts from admirers and unheard-of high fees. Spain's King Philip V, having long suffered from depression, was so taken by Farinelli's voice that he believed it cured him. Farinelli gave up public performances at the age of 32, at the peak of his career, to become a courtier in Philip's household. Before long he was Private Councilor to the king, reorganized the Madrid Opera, and in 1750 was knighted in the order of Calatrava. With the accession of Charles III in 1759, Farinelli was given a very generous pension and asked to leave Spain. He returned to Italy and settled in Bologna, where his kindness and generosity became well known. He helped families in need and formed an institute to organize concerts, the proceeds going to orphans. He received important guests such as Mozart, Gluck, and Emperor Joseph II, and it is said he never sang unless he was expressly asked. He bestowed all of his belongings on his nephews and servants and died at the age of 80. As per his wishes, he was buried on a hillside in Bologna.

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  • Added: 2 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6901872
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Farinelli (24 Jan 1705–15 Jul 1785), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6901872, citing Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .