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And the superstars of Baroque opera were castratos — boys castrated before puberty to retain their high voices — the best of whom intriguingly combined a feminine range and sound quality with heroic, masculine power.
This gentle love story set in a forest glen was written for a low female voice and a castrato, a male singer castrated as a child to preserve his ability to produce the high, pure notes of a boy soprano.
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Origin and Etymology of castrato
Italian, from past participle of castrare to castrate, from Latin
First Known Use: 1763See Words from the same year
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