castrato castrato


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


  1. Contributing to its unreal aura is the fact that the role of Orfeo was written for a castrato voice, which to 18th century ears sounded godlike in its sexless purity and power.
  2. The castrato vogue gradually faded, and as the size and interpretive importance of the orchestra multiplied, the composer became the dominant figure in opera.
  3. Men's colleges once looked about as viable as castrato choirs.


  • Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

    The French opera singer takes on the repertoire of a famous 18th-century castrato. Jaroussky cuts a masculine figure on the cover of his new album, but you might do a double take upon hearing it.
    on March 3, 2014     Source: NPR

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  • "He was invited to perform in Portugal," Asawa says, "but beforehand, the producers insisted on checking to make sure he was intact. They didn't want a castrato on their stage."
    on Mar 15, 2007 By: Brian Asawa Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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