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Published on Dec 19, 2008
First time in the Bay Area! Teatro De Ciertos Habitantes Monsters and Prodigies: A History of the Castrati (De Monstruos Y Prodigios: La Historia De Los Castrati) Thu, Feb 5Sat, Feb 7, 2009, 8 pm • Novellus Theater at YBCA $30 Regular, $25 Member/Student/Senior/Teacher In Spanish and Italian with English subtitles.
In the 18th century, the castrati, sacred monsters whose voices were surgically molded, represented a peak of artistry. Monsters and Prodigies is about this fascinating cultural phenomenon: talented child singers born in poverty who were castrated to preserve their soprano voices, and propelled to stardom in the frivolous courts of Europe. Directed by Claudio Valdés Kuri and written by Jorge Kuri for Mexico Citys internationally acclaimed Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, Monsters is theatrical opera with mass-audience appeal—a colorful and often humorous three-century journey from the decadent extremes of the Baroque period to the technological 20th century, where beauty has been annihilated by reason. With a precise and wild gaze, Ciertos Habitantes infuses life into one of the most sublime mysteries in history. Secure your tickets now for this virtuoso theater troupes YBCA debut.