Franco Fagioli Soprano
Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal
Stefan Plewniak Conductor
Castrato Girolamo Crescentini (1762-1846) was the last true star of this voice category, which disappeared at the beginning of the 19th century. The greatest Italian composers wrote operas for him; Cherubini (Pimmalione, 1809), Cimarosa (Gli Orazi e li Curiaci, 1796) and above all Zingarelli (Giulietta e Romeo, 1796) brought Crescentini to European fame, from Milan to Vienna and Paris, performing the great heroic roles. Napoleon was often brought to tears up when he listened to him and he granted the artist the greatest marks of honour and affection.
He is now embodied by a singer unequalled today for his wide vocal range, his virtuosity and expressiveness, which enable him to revive early bel canto at its peak. Franco Fagioli thus sumptuously creates the link between the castrati tradition and the great singers of the following century.
Crescentini, Napoleon's Castrato
Arias from Giuletta e Romeo by Zingarelli, bravura arias from early bel canto: Crescentini’s repertoire
DOGE CATEGORY: Best seats of the theater, a free programme, an invitation to the cocktail reception (opening 45 min before the show) and unlimited champagne.
PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).
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