castrati castrati

Definition(s):

  • (n) a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice

Usage(s):

  1. These castrati, who commanded the center stage of opera for more than 100 years, until the end of the 18th century, constituted about 70% of all male singers.
  2. Unfortunate' Congressional Democrats be a bunch o' self-castrati who be incapable o' mountin' any sort o' effective offense an' instead careen 'bout in total ineffectual disarray.
  3. At that time the best castrati were the most feted and prosperous singers of the period.

Quotes

  1. "I have always sung a lot of music which Mozart wrote for the castrati," Bartoli says.
    on Oct 19, 2009 By: Cecilia Bartoli Source: Reuters

  2. "He is, without a doubt, one of the most legendary, controversial and beloved singers of all time," said Muti. "His controversial story, his weaknesses, [his] restlessness and exhausted final days remind me of the lives of the great castrati...
    on Jun 28, 2009 By: Riccardo Muti Source: Chicago Tribune

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