Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King is a captivating testament to the healing power of music. King Philippe V of Spain is plagued with insomnia and depression. His ministers think he’s mad and unfit to run the country, but the Queen is determined to find a cure. When she hears the famed countertenor, Farinelli, sing, she believes Farinelli’s angelic voice may have the power to restore the King to himself again. She brings Farinelli to Spain, and the King is at once captivated by Farinelli’s song. But can any force reign in the King’s wild mind forever? Will Farinelli, the most celebrated singer in all of Europe, be willing stay by Phillipe’s side for so long?
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