The Castrato And His Wife

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0120111003

Helen Berry's astonishing new portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, the celebrated 18th century castrato, and his love affair with a young Irish girl, Dorothea Maunsell.

In today's episode, a baby boy is born to a humble family in a remote Tuscan hilltown.

As he grows up, his evident talent for music and the purity of his unbroken voice offer him an opportunity for social mobility.

But it's an opportunity that will require a very brutal kind of sacrifice.

Read by Greta Scacchi

Abridged by Viv Beeby

Produced by Emma Harding

'The Castrato and His Wife' is published by Oxford University Press.

A baby boy is born to a humble family in a remote Tuscan hilltown.

0220111004

Helen Berry's astonishing new portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, the celebrated 18th century castrato, and his love affair with a young Irish girl, Dorothea Maunsell.

In today's episode, Tenducci embarks on his operatic career and after his first London season, has acquired a massive and enthusiastic following.

But he is soon embroiled in a public scandal with an English society lady.

Read by Greta Scacchi

Abridged by Viv Beeby

Produced by Emma Harding

'The Castrato and His Wife' is published by Oxford University Press.

Tenducci embarks on his operatic career but soon becomes embroiled in a public scandal.

0320111005

Helen Berry's astonishing new portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, the celebrated 18th century castrato, and his love affair with a young Irish girl, Dorothea Maunsell.

In today's episode, Tenducci's growing fame takes him to Dublin, to sing in a season of operas in English.

It's in Dublin that he first encounters a charismatic teenage girl, who will bring him adventures in love, but a brush with total ruin.

Read by Greta Scacchi

Abridged by Viv Beeby

Produced by Emma Harding

'The Castrato and His Wife' is published by Oxford University Press.

In Dublin, Tenducci encounters the teenage girl, who brings him love and potential ruin.

0420111006

Helen Berry's astonishing new portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, the celebrated 18th century castrato, and his love affair with a young Irish girl, Dorothea Maunsell.

In today's episode, the couple are apprehended by Dorothea's parents and separated.

But Dorothea proves her tenacity and her determination to remain with her husband.

Read by Greta Scacchi

Abridged by Viv Beeby

Produced by Emma Harding

'The Castrato and His Wife' is published by Oxford University Press.

Dorothea proves her tenacity and determination to remain with her husband.

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Helen Berry's astonishing new portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, the celebrated 18th century castrato, and his love affair with a young Irish girl, Dorothea Maunsell.

In today's episode, Giusto and Dorothea Tenducci begin a new life in Italy, but their marriage soon comes under strain.

Read by Greta Scacchi

Abridged by Viv Beeby

Produced by Emma Harding

'The Castrato and His Wife' is published by Oxford University Press.

Giusto and Dorothea begin a new life in Italy, but their marriage soon comes under strain.