Moreschi: The Last Castrato
Nicholas ClaptonISBN: 1904341772;
Book DescriptionAlessandro Moreschi (1858-1922), known during his life as "the Angel of Rome", is remembered as the only castrato singer to have made recordings. Historically he was the last representative of the centuries-old tradition of castrating boysingers in order to preserve their high-pitched voices into adulthood - an act of cruelty which produced some of the greatest singers the world has ever known. Behind the extraordinary sound of Moreschi's voice lay a strange and lonely life lived in the shadow of great events and great institutions, a personality glimpsed by inference and allusion.
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