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Last Updated 03 March 2004
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They were a strange breed. endowed, some would say with the "voices of angels"; men in size and appearance, but with feminine high voices, so people said. They earned vast sums of money; lived high, wide and handsome...and longer than the average male of the period.
They left behind them the music that they sang, the pupils they taught, the operatic arias they inspired.
But who were they? What were they? Why were they? Where are they now?
Answering the last question first; they are not around now. Follow the links to answer the other questions.
Much has been written on the castrati apart from these major books. The Internet search engines provide thousands of other web sites nowadays, and discussion newsgroups. And there will be my book to come: "Angel Voices", in 2003+.
But, naturally, I have withheld a certain amount!
If you wish to discuss anything to do with the castrati, require information, or whatever, please contact: webmaster velluti.org
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Copyright ¬© 2003 Elsa Scammell
Elsa Scammell: author of the larger part of the booklet "The Last Castrato" (mentioned above); broadcaster; a few articles; engaged on a book for Duckworth's of London: "Angel Voices."
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Golden Cords Award on 5th September 2000
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Last Updated 11 March 2003