Castrati singers: surgery for religion and art.

@article{Koutsiaris2014CastratiSS,
  title={Castrati singers: surgery for religion and art.},
  author={E. Koutsiaris and Christos Alamanis and Aristotle Eftychiadis and Anastasios Zervas},
  journal={Italian journal of anatomy and embryology = Archivio italiano di anatomia ed embriologia},
  year={2014},
  volume={119 2},
  pages={
          106-10
        }
}
The act of castration was practiced from ancient times. In countries of Middle and Far East, castration was often done to provide eunuchs as guardians of the harems. In Europe and especially in Italy, it was carried out to preserve the male voice unbroken into adult life. From 16th century till the end of 18th century, castrati singers dominated opera with their supernatural voices. Boys were castrated mainly before the age of 9 years and when they grew up they had feminine characteristics… CONTINUE READING
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