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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrato

A castrato (Italian, plural: castrati) is a type of classical male singing voice equivalent to that of a .... that upwards of 4,000 boys were castrated annually in the service of art. ... After the unification of Italy in 1861, castration for musical purposes was ... While an interesting historical record, these discs of his give us only a ...

www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2009/11/natures_rejects.html

Nov 9, 2009 ... ... in the history of music: the castrati and the music written for them. ... The tradition rose from an unholy trinity of religion, money, and art.

www.britannica.com/art/castrato

Castrato: Castrato, , male soprano or contralto voice of great range, flexibility, and power, ... The castrato voice was introduced in the 16th century, when women were ... of the 18th century and one of the greatest singers in the history of opera. ... Music, art concerned with combining vocal or instrumental sounds for beauty of  ...

study.com/academy/lesson/castrato-history-singers.html

Artists are often forced to go to great lengths for their work, but few have went as far ... For many young men with promising musical talents, castration offered the ...

hekint.org/2017/01/30/the-castrati-a-physicians-perspective-part-1

Jan 30, 2017 ... The phenomenon of the castrati enters the history of Western music in ... What was the nature of their vocal art and what made their singing so ...

www.theguardian.com/music/2002/aug/05/classicalmusicandopera.artsfeatures

Aug 5, 2002 ... "I would have perfectly happily given up my masculinity for my art." Just over a century ago he would have got his wish: at the height of the ...

www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Castrato

Jan 17, 2017 ... 1 Physiology; 2 History of castration; 3 Castrati in the European Classical ... Modern castrati and similar voices; 7 The importance of castrati in music ... Castrati were no doubt a beautiful contribution to the higher art of western ...

www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160404-the-fascinating-phenomenon-of-men-who-sing-high

Apr 4, 2016 ... But the 20th Century phenomenon has a disturbing history. ... a member of India's most famous classical music family (his father is a cousin of top ... Castrati therefore took on role after role in the newly-minted art of opera.

www.classicfm.com/discover-music/what-is-a-castrato

May 3, 2018 ... For a solid portion of musical history, castratos had a prominent role in operas, churches and courts across Europe. But why were young boys ...