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  • ISBN: 9780285634602
  • ISBN10: 0285634607

The World of the Castrati: the History of an Extraordinary Operatic Phenomenon

by Barbier, Patrick A

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • Publish date: 09/01/1999
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This entertaining and authoritative study of the castrati during the baroque period explores the lives and triumphs of more than 60 singers over three centuries -- their social origins, training, and relationship to society and church. Blending history and anecdote, it traces the course of a phenomenon that held Europe in its thrall. People were fascinated by these hybrids -- part man, part woman, and part child -- who became virile heroes on the operatic stage. The reader will learn of the horrors of castration, the nature of the strange castrato voice, and the conflicts these singers experienced.
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