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The CastratoReflections on Natures and Kinds$
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Martha Feldman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279490

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279490.001.0001

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The Castrato

Martha Feldman

University of California Press

As the eighteenth century wore on and absolutism crumbled, the bourgeois was consolidating its fear of the castrato, whom it denatured in sharpened critiques. Castrati were ever more incomprehensible, indeed anathema to Europe’s new self-conception. The singing of castrati adapted via two modes: an Orphic and sensible voice, epitomized by Gluck’s Orpheus (as cultivated by Guadagni, Millico, and Pacchierotti) and defined by Susan Burney’s journals in England, and a virtuosic one as perfected by Marchesi.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, morality, Gluck, Guadagni, Millico, Pacchierotti, Susan Burney, Marchesi

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