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Episode 16 – Alessandro Moreschi and the Blessed Knife

Episode 16 – Alessandro Moreschi and the Blessed Knife

This episode begins (just about) and ends (indeed) with recordings of Alessandro Moreschi - AKA the Angel of Rome - AKA the Last Castrato. His recordings are the only surviving sounds of a tradition of castrated male singers that lasted over 350 years, and mutilated countless thousands of innocent children in the process. We chart the rise and fall of the castrato voice, and along the way we encounter: Casanova, Teresa Lanti, Farinelli, Luigi Marchesi and more.

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