The Farinelli Film
The Farinelli film is about the life and career of Italian opera singer
Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time. A castrato is
a male singer whose testicles were removed in childhood so that he could retain
the high, clear voice of a child while gaining the control of an adult vocalist.
Farinelli was given no choice but to give up his manhood. Farinelli's father said
that he should only sing the songs of his brother Riccardo. Farinelli's fame made
Riccardo famous as well, but Riccardo's compositions are mediocre and they
hold Farinelli back.
The rivalry between the Opera Theatre of Covent Garden and the
Nobles Theatre has became fierce. Handel's critics at the Nobles Theatre are resolutely
against him however, Farinelli defends the composer to his critics. The way in which he
defends Handel's case provokes rumors about him. Alexandra takes his side and steals
Handel's latest music for Farinelli. Farinelli tells to his brother that he has always had
doubts about the quality of his compositions. The relationship between the two
brothersdeteriorates. Handel, who is as proud as Farinelli, refuses to make his peace with
Farinelli, despite Farinelli's attempts. Handel, tries to steal his music back from Farinelli.
While searching his home, he hears someone playing music in the attic. He follows the
sound and finds Riccardo. Handel realizes that since Riccardo has been abandoned by
Farinelli, and he persuades Riccardo to tell him Farinell's secret. Handel sees Farinelli
backstage before a show and challenges Farinelli to sing the music he stole from him
without fault. Farinelli stays composed and sings perfectly, Riccardo finds Farenlli and
Alexandra after they went away. Farinelli is able to forgive Riccardo. They make love
with Alexandra and Riccardo leaves Farinelli and alexandra with a child.