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  • Though many eventually traveled and lived all over Europe, the castrati were almost exclusively Italian with the large majority originating from the Papal States, Naples, Sicily, Tuscany, and Lombardy. It is estimated that during the 18th century as many as 4000 boys were castrated a year.  Even into the rise of bel canto opera castrati were trained primarily for careers as church singers and very few ever strayed far from that profession.

    The Castrati (Part 1): Origin of the Castrati

    Though many eventually traveled and lived all over Europe, the castrati were almost exclusively Italian with the large majority originating from the Papal States, Naples, Sicily, Tuscany, and Lombardy. It is estimated that during the 18th century as many as 4000 boys were castrated a year. Even into the rise of bel canto opera castrati were trained primarily for careers as church singers and very few ever strayed far from that profession.

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