Definition of castrato in English:

castrato

Line breaks: cas|trato
Pronunciation: /kaˈstrɑːtəʊ
 
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noun (plural castrati /-ti/)

historical
  • A male singer castrated in boyhood so as to retain a soprano or alto voice. The practice of castration was banned in 1903.
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    • We tend to associate Handel operas with high voiced prima donnas, the castrati and the sopranos.
    • And there was a fascinating account of the castrati, the male singers who lost their testicles before puberty.
    • The recital concludes with a rarely heard aria with cello obbligato from Arianna, written for the soprano castrato Carlo Scalzi.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Italian, past participle of castrare (see castrate).

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