Farinelli and the King
Published by Oberon
Large Mixed Cast
Farinelli and the King tells the true story of Philippe V, a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness
Depressed and plagued by insomnia, he lies awake in his chamber
The Queen - desperate to find a cure - hears of Farinelli, a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it
Even Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay
But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe?
And will his extraordinary talent prove to be a curse rather than a blessing?