Church and operatic castrati from an historian's point of view.
This says it all, really; it would be very pleasant for us to continue sharing our sources of information, as we already do; to discuss and ask questions about all the castrati in their historical contexts, and to find out about new ones in the distant past ! Not a paradox !
There is so much to find out and so much we do not know, and, as I once said, rummage in your attics and cellars for early recordings of Moreschi's voice, other than those already remastered; even a chance of Mustafa having recorded (!!); pictures of homes of the castrati; their letters, and even their handwriting !!
All information very welcome.
An hearty appreciation of the contributons of all our members; and welcome to you all, here, as you join.
Elsa, aka erzebetuk
UPDATED NOTE - June 2005
This mailing list, originally created by the late Elsa Scammell, an expert
in Castrati History, is dedicated to the sharing of historical information
about singing castrati of all ages, from antiquity to our own days, with
a special focus on baroque castrati and the Sistine Chapel castrati of the
beginnings of the 20th century (Moreschi, Mustafą...)
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