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the last castrato

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:52 pm

I listened to some recordings of Alessandro Moreschi, apparently the last castrato and the only one to have recorded some tunes. Let me say first that I've been curious about the vocal qualities of castrati after hearing descriptions. And let me add I know nothing about singing and cannot comment on his technique. Also, he didn't have operatic training but sang in the choir at the Vatican.

To me his voice sounded like a young boy, but nothing special. A bit creepy to asscociate that voice with a grown man ~50 years old. I've read that in some of these recordings he uses some odd techniques that have been explained as devices to take advantage of the acoustics of the Cistine chapel. A curiosity.
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Re: the last castrato

Postby jamiebk » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:02 pm

Imagine being so dedicated to your art that you would literally cut off your _alls to be able to perform

Imagine being so dedicated to your sport that you would inject your body with steriods to be able to perform.

Hummmmm.... :shock:
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Re: the last castrato

Postby Shapley » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:08 pm

Imagine being so dedicated to your art that you would literally cut off your _alls to be able to perform.


From what I recall of my grade school education, the decision to remove their cajones was frequently not made by the singers themselves .... :shock:
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Re: the last castrato

Postby jamiebk » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:43 pm

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Re: the last castrato

Postby piqaboo » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:47 pm

I would think castrati would sound like young boys, being as the purpose of the procedure was to preserve their childhood voices. Some young boys have glorious voices, and its a lighter sound than a mature female soprano.
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Re: the last castrato

Postby OperaTenor » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:30 pm

Must we really talk about this?!!

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Re: the last castrato

Postby Shapley » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:44 pm

Hey! At least is is about music! :)
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