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  • The legacy of the castrati has continued to invisibly affect opera even until today. As castrati disappeared, their expertise of lightness and agility went out of demand as power and expression became the new aesthetic. Still, we marvel at the chimera of the past, ambiguous creatures of an age that performed at a level we can never attain.

    The Castrati (Part 6): Modern Mythology and Unseen Influence

    The legacy of the castrati has continued to invisibly affect opera even until today. As castrati disappeared, their expertise of lightness and agility went out of demand as power and expression became the new aesthetic. Still, we marvel at the chimera of the past, ambiguous creatures of an age that performed at a level we can never attain.

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