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Castrati

 

a special kind of Italian singer of the 16th through18th centuries (also called sopranisto). Castration in early child-hood left their voices with a boy’s pitch (soprano or mezzo-soprano) and timbre but with an adult’s power. The castrati sanghigh parts (including female parts), difficult virtuoso passages, and sustained notes. In the 16th century castrati performedwidely in Catholic church choirs, from which women werebanned, but in the 17th and 18th centuries they became centralto Italian opera.

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He is author of two books: O Canto Antigo Italiano (Italian ancient singing) (Sao Paulo: Annablume, 2006), and Castrati e outros virtuoses: a pratica vocal carioca sob influencia da corte de D.
Castradiva weaves a tale of the amazing lives of the castrati around some of the finest arias Handel and Gluck wrote for them.
While today's countertenors have studied and trained their voices, castrati were boy singers who were ``altered'' before their voices could mature.
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.
Solo asi podemos entender el hecho de que el publico del DF asista entusiastamente a presenciar las vicisitudes misoginas de un cientifico austriaco o las miserias y grandezas de los extintos castrati, mientras deja pasar de largo, en plena euforia zapatista, una obra que recrea los antecedentes historicos de la opresion a los pueblos indios.
La consecuente ausencia de complejidad, por desgracia, mina un brillante y atractivo espectaculo cuyo objetivo, en efecto seria devolver su humanidad a los castrati.
Asi vuelve el joven director Claudio Valdes Kuri para reinaugurar el Teatro El Galeon en la reapertura de la Unidad Cultural del Bosque, con un montaje sobre la emotiva historia de los interpretes conocidos como castrati.
It's a pleasing combination of the dramatic and the more lyrically relaxed, but also highly virtuosic since almost all these arias were written for star castrati.
Angelo is sterile but still sexual; women appeal to him, but he fears his inability to have children, combined with the elongated limbs common to castrati, rule out hope of marriage.
However, the influence of the castrati on vocal music is undeniable; composers not only wrote music for their vocal abilities, but their technique also influenced voice pedagogy.
This book can easily be situated within current discourse on castrati, patronage, seventeenth-century masculinity, and performance practice.