Experience the remarkable life story of Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922), the last castrato to be employed by the Pope and a man whose identity fundamentally challenged the social and gender norms of his time.
German composer Torsten Rasch is best known for his epic orchestral cycle “Mein Herz brennt” based on Rammstein’s album and recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. His operas have been commissioned by ENO, Oper Köln and Semperoper Dresden.
Max Hoehn’s libretto is based on research into Moreschi’s troubled private life and takes place against a backdrop of the social and political upheaval that led to the rise of Mussolini.
The role of Moreschi is written for acclaimed countertenor Andrew Watts.
Workshop filmed at St Jude-on-the-Hill, London, in Nov 2021. Cast: Andrew Watts, Rebecca Bottone, Alan Ewing & Isaac Rogers. Conductor: Gerry Cornelius, CHROMA Ensemble