Farinelli, Carlo Broschi
Farinelli, Carlo Broschi kär´lō brô´skē färēnĕl´lē [key], 1705–82, Italian male soprano, greatest of the castrati (see castrato ), pupil of Niccolò Porpora , in whose operas he sang (1734–37) in London. Farinelli's real name was Carlo Broschi. Having won fame in France and Italy, he became (1737) official singer to Philip V of Spain and renounced his public career. His sole duty was to sing the same four songs each night to the king, from whom he received an astronomical fee. He enjoyed a highly favored position in Spain until 1759, when he retired to a castle near Bologna.
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