The Last Castrato

A Chamber Opera by Torsten Rasch

Born into poverty in rural Italy, Alessandro Moreschi was one of the last boys to be castrated for the glory of art and the glory of God. He died in 1922, the last-ever representative of a voice-type that had captivated audiences and musicians for centuries. This chamber opera explores Moreschi’s turbulent private life and how his identity profoundly challenged the gender politics and social conventions of his time.

Alessandro Moreschi

Inspiration for the opera derives from a series of extraordinary recordings made by Moreschi in 1902 when both the recording industry and technology were in their infancy.

Creators & Cast

German composer Torsten Rasch is best known for his epic orchestral song cycle, Mein Herz brennt, based on the work of the industrial metal band Rammstein. His operas have been performed by English National Opera and Oper Köln among others.

Max Hoehn’s libretto is based on extensive research of Moreschi’s life and the massive historical changes he witnessed: the transformation of Catholicism, the rise of Mussolini and the invention of the Gramaphone record.

The role of Moreschi in The Last Castrato is written for acclaimed countertenor Andrew Watts.

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