HISTORY IS BEJEWELLED WITH MYSTERIES...
Depressed and plagued by insomnia, King Philippe V of Spain lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate to find a cure, hears of Farinelli - a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Even Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe? And will his extraordinary talent prove to be a curse rather than a blessing?
Claire van Kampen is a musical director, director, composer and playwright. She composed the music for Mark Rylance's 1989 performance as Hamlet and shared the 2007 Sam Wanamaker Award with him. Her Broadway composing credits include True West, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête, Twelfth Night and Richard III. In 2015 she was historical music advisor and arranger of Tudor music on the BBC TV series Wolf Hall.