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.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. ... now occupies an exciting and distinctive place in the 21st Century musical landscape. ... Castrati therefore took on role after role in the newly-minted art of opera.

caslabs.case.edu/medren/baroque-instruments/castrato-voice-baroque

Around the middle of the 16th century, castrated males began appearing as sopranos in church choirs. Reportedly, the practice started in Spain and quickly ...

www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0133.xml

Jun 30, 2014 ... Another trigger for the cultivation of the castrato voice was the ... Includes an account of the history of the voice in Western art music, with useful ...

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.britannica.com/art/castrato

Castrato, also called Evirato, male soprano or contralto voice of great range, flexibility, and power, produced as a result of castration before puberty. The castrato ...

www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/the-game-changers-the-castrati-1680

Mar 24, 2016 ... Ten experts decide who and what changed the course of music history. The Baroque was called the golden age of art, but the most unique ...

www.nytimes.com/1984/09/16/arts/history-s-last-castrato-is-heard-again.html

Sep 16, 1984 ... His successors sang mostly religious music. By the time Alessandro Moreschi joined the Vatican Choir, castrati were employed only by the ...