Casanova had a number of encounters with castrati during his life, most notably Bellino.  Amongst castrati, Farinelli was regarded as one of the greatest.  Here’s a very readable article about Farinelli and the world of the castrati by Ivan Hewett from ‘The Daily Telegraph’.

‘The Prologue’, and chapters 1 to 5 of ‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ are now freely available here.

6 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.

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