castrato singer Archive

  • At their height in the late 1700s, castrati were popular all over Europe in opera seria, as well as as composers, dramatists, court performers, and teachers. By then, however, they had already begun to be scarce.

    The Castrati (Part 5): Decline of the Castrati

    At their height in the late 1700s, castrati were popular all over Europe in opera seria, as well as as composers, dramatists, court performers, and teachers. By then, however, they had already begun to be scarce.

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  • The instrument created through this partnership of altered nature and arduous nurture had a profound effect on voice training as well as a musical movement already craving for the spectacular. The unprecedented skill of the castrati demanded improvements in singing technique for all voice types. With the acceptance of the castrato voice, preferences of timbre also began to change so clear and strong voices were favored over soft and airy.

    The Castrati (Part 4): The Castrati Effect

    The instrument created through this partnership of altered nature and arduous nurture had a profound effect on voice training as well as a musical movement already craving for the spectacular. The unprecedented skill of the castrati demanded improvements in singing technique for all voice types. With the acceptance of the castrato voice, preferences of timbre also began to change so clear and strong voices were favored over soft and airy.

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  • In cursorily observing the accomplishments of the castrati it is easy to conclude that the procedure of castration does something amazing to a boy’s throat to make him an incredible vocalist. This, however, is not completely true.  Certain abnormalities caused by pre-pubertal castration, in conjunction with extensive training equipped the castrati to potentially sing in a way that cannot without these procedures be replicated.

    The Castrati (Part 3): The Castrati Advantage

    In cursorily observing the accomplishments of the castrati it is easy to conclude that the procedure of castration does something amazing to a boy’s throat to make him an incredible vocalist. This, however, is not completely true. Certain abnormalities caused by pre-pubertal castration, in conjunction with extensive training equipped the castrati to potentially sing in a way that cannot without these procedures be replicated.

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