The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24078   Message #274821
Posted By: Alice
09-Aug-00 - 11:50 PM
Thread Name: Gender and the soprano voice
Subject: RE: Gender and the soprano voice
If you go to and type in "the last castrato" you will find a CD with four real audio samples you can listen to of Alessandro Moreschi. The voice is not as good as a good female soprano, but it is an echo of history. It also sounds strange to hear someone singing almost like a female soprano with vibrato and the boys voices in the choir as in the Ave Verum on this CD. I agree, as this thread beginning pointed out, it doesn't always blend well when part of a choir is singing "straight as a string" sacred music as WW so aptly put it, and another voice or voices have the sound of a more classical or operatic vibrato.