The Castrato and his Wife

    The Castrato and his Wife

    Helen Berry

    Oxford University Press 2011

    Hardback 322pp

    9780199569816   Product Code: 97470

    Helen Berry tells one of the most unconventional celebrity love stories of the 18th century: the love between the castrato Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, who helped Thomas Arne to popularize Italian opera on the English stage, and his teenage singing pupil Dorothea Maunsell, who fell in love with him and became his wife. Their marriage ended in a highly publicized annulment which reveals much about Georgian attitudes to celebrity, sex and marriage - and their resonances in our own age.

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