Franco Fagioli / Il Pomo d'Oro
The art of castratos
What did the castrati, heroic figures in their day, actually sound like? It is hard to get a clear idea of their vocal power, scintillating timbre and three-octave range, so challenging to transpose today. Happily, the extensive tessitura and inimitable voice of counter-tenor Franc Fagili give us some idea of their art. The opportunity to hear him also affords us a chance to discover the operatic arias of Leonardo Vinci, inspired by heroes of mythology.