The Castrato is a nuanced exploration of why innumerable boys were castrated for singing between the mid-sixteenth and late-nineteenth centuries.It shows that the entire foundation of Western classical singing, culminating in bel canto, was birthed from an unlikely and historically unique set of desires, public and private, aesthetic, economic, and political. Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) was the last known castrato and the only one to have made records, in 1902 and 1904 at the Vatican. Book 1 of 2 in the Mystery of Florence Series. Book Review: "The Castrato and his Wife" by Helen Berry Submitted by Ryan Koons on December 17, 2012 - 3:56pm The scandal is explicit on the flyleaf: The Castrato and His Wife , and historian Helen Berry weaves an account that fulfills her intriguing choice of title. The Last Castrato Today, anyone curious about the castrati’s unique voices can listen to a recording made in 1902 by the very last of the breed, Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922). Raffi enters the hardest quest of all the search for a genuine love song. Snipped by a bishop as the last castrato, he is bundled off to America when the Church takes shame. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. Buy The Last Castrato: A Mystery of Florence by John Spencer Hill online at Alibris. Publishers Description: "The corpse hung from the cross above the altar, its head slumped forward, its arms hooked crudely over the crosspiece like a pinioned fowl. See More Last Castrato, The Hardcover – May 28 1995 by John Spencer Hill (Author) 3.7 out of 5 stars 5 ratings. "The Last Castrato," the first poem in Wilmer Mills' Light for the Orphans, places his readers on a stage where we learn that the singer (and possibly even the poet) "feels/The atmosphere of all interior space/Drawn up together in a common gasp/Of many people waiting for the voice. Even though the operation was banned in early 19th century, Italian doctors continued to create castrati until 1870 for the Sistine Chapel, and Moreschi went under the knife at the age of seven. In 1891, he was segretario puntatore for a brief time, looking after the day-book … Raffi enters the hardest quest of all – the search for a genuine love song. John Spencer Hill, in 1995, wrote a novel The Last Castrato with a pathological eunuch character. This is a remarkable book, one that contains a great deal that is of value. Download Full The Boston Castrato Book in PDF, EPUB, Mobi and All Ebook Format. The book seems to be an expanded version of Clapton's 2004 book "Moreschi (Life & Times)". The Audio CD Alessandro Moreschi: the Last Castrato (1993) is available from Pearl Records. Book is in Very good condition throughout. Finally, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel became their last stronghold, but by 1898 it counted only six castrato singers. The Last Castrato John Spencer Hill 0312131070 9780312131074 The Last Castrato Skip to ... Browse our wide selection gently used books - textbooks, children's books, mystery books, novels, book series, fiction, non-fiction, hard-to-find books, and out-of-print books. He left more than his country behind in Rome. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. THE LAST CASTRATO. What E. L Doctorow’s Ragtime did for New York, The Boston Castrato does for Boston. In his own lifetime Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) was known as the ’Angel of Rome’. Aiming high, they approach the Pope to ask if… by John Spencer Hill. Fred and his brother William travel to Milan in 1902 with the aim of convincing opera superstar Enrico Caruso to record for them. He was the last surviving castrato singer of the Sistine Chapel choir, and the only one of the castrati whose voice survives in any solo recording.