castrato

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a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice

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The great castrato singer Farinelli, long a powerful figure - politically as well as musically - at the Spanish court, also owned a Ferrini pianoforte of 1730.
The second chapter deals with the castrato singer from a hormonal, physiological point of view.
In thirty-five sections, the majority of which are no longer than a few pages, without introduction and with a Heine poem as epilogue only, the history of the castrato singer in opera is depicted in a language that is enjoyable to read.
Ortkemper argues that period audiences of Mozart's Cherubino or Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio did not immediately perceive these parts to be played by women Accustomed as these listeners were to high male voices, Cherubino could easily be taken for a castrato singer (p.
Chapter 3 considers the castrato singers in their musical environments, with a listing of the male sopranos in the choir of the Sistine Chapel during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a listing of famous castrati in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and their leading parts in various operas, information on the development of the castrato voice, on the musical and vocal characteristics of their singing, and on the Italian singing methods and schools of the time.