The Last Castrato

“This episode begins (just about) and ends (indeed) with recordings of Alessandro Moreschi – AKA the Angel of Rome – AKA the Last Castrato. His recordings are the only surviving sounds of a tradition of castrated male singers that lasted over 350 years, and mutilated countless thousands of innocent children in the process.”

Ramsey Janini, “Episode 16 – Alessandro Moreschi and the Blessed Knife.” Noise in the Groove. June 4, 2016.

Interesting throughout. The vocals are different in a way that is hard to describe.

Alessandro Moreschi lived to the age of 63. An Italian born in 1870, had a life expectancy of 30 years of age. Perhaps more anecdotal evidence that castration extends life span?