Carlo Broschi Farinelli (1705-1782):

The Career, Skills and Networks of a Castrato Singer

International Conference

Vienna, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musik

May 9-12, 2019

CFP deadline: January 1, 2019

Carlo Broschi Farinelli (1705-1782) was one of the most important Italian
singers of the first half of the 18th century and a leading figure in the
advancement of the vocal “new style” (as defined by Charles Burney), a
musical and poetic/dramaturgical taste that captivated European audiences
following the Venetian opera season of 1725/6.

This international conference aims to rethink and provide fresh insights
into Farinelli’s expe­rience as a performer and cultural/artistic promoter,
with special attention to his activity in Italy, Austria and Spain.

Proposals for papers are particularly welcome on the following and related

Ø  Farinelli’s vocal skills (sources, analysis, and improvisation), his
output as a composer, and his abilities in the fields of set design,
staging, and stagecraft;

Ø  Farinelli’s favoured dramatic and vocal roles, and how composers and
poets dealt with them;

Ø  Farinelli’s Spanish period, with special attention to the Spanish
sources, his institutional roles at court, and his relationship with
artists such as Giacquinto, Amigoni, Bonavia Battaglioli and musicians such
as Porretti, Herrando, Castellini et al.;

Ø  Farinelli’s relationships with patrons, sponsors and religious

Ø  Farinelli’s iconography;

Ø  Farinelli’s reception.

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Please submit a 250-word abstract as an email attachment (PDF) to
stilegalante -at- and include the following information: name,
email address and AV requirements.

The official languages of the conference is English. Papers in German,
Dutch and Italian will be also accepted. Proceedings will be published in
English only.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2019.


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