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Tue, 06 Jun



Festival of the Sun King: Farinelli film screening

The third out of six events, Sands Film Studios shows the 1994 about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time. This is paired with a concert on the 8th of June. Please note, tickets available via link in detailed description!

Festival of the Sun King: Farinelli film screening
Festival of the Sun King: Farinelli film screening

Time & Location

06 Jun 2023, 20:00 – 23:00

London, Sands Films Ltd, 119 Rotherhithe St, London SE16 4NF, UK

About the event

Event 1/6 of the Festival of the Sun king: Farinelli film screening

Ascending from above the stage on a chariot, wearing an elaborate and vaguely Aztecan golden headdress, Farinelli caused women to swoon as he sang operatic arias. He used handkerchiefs to wipe the sweat from his brow, then threw the silks to his audience. He was responsible, one listener tells him, "for my first musical orgasm." He was also responsible, in my opinion, for Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Liberace, whose Vegas acts are the direct descendants of Farinelli's European concert tours, and for Elvis' late period, as well as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and all the other peacocks of rock 'n' roll. He founded a style.

This festival is made possible by a generous grant by the Continuo Foundation.

This event is available to attend in person and to watch live online.

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