29 March to 1 October 2006
Handel & the Castrati reveals the stories behind the eighteenth-century operatic superstars. These male singers, with remarkably powerful and high voices, brought their celebrity status to wherever they travelled, and were surrounded by money, extensive entourages and adoring fans. The exhibition features portraits, prints, scores, recordings and objects relating to the castrati, including the instruments used in 'the operation'.
This exhibition is supported by a syndicate of individual donors and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra.