• Atto Melani, the Sun King’s spying opera singer

    Louis XIV’s court was full with interesting people. One of them was Atto Melani and he wasn’t just a fabulous singer, he used his visits to the courts of Europe in order to spy for the Sun King.   Born on March 30 in 1626, as the third of seven sons of a Pistoia bell-ringer, Atto was castrated at a…

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