A Conversation for Castrati in Opera
manolan Started conversation Jul 26, 2001
As someone who has recently listened to a great deal of Baroque (well, early) opera (Glynderbourne's Theodora was awesome), I have to say that the counter-tenor voice has become my absolute favourite. I've never been a great fan of long soprano pieces. Somehow, the counter-tenor is a more resonant, more interesting offering. Clearly, we have no real way of knowing how close this is to castrato, but it _is_ beautiful nontheless.
Azara Posted Jul 26, 2001
I've been very impressed with recordings I've heard by Andreas Scholl. I've only seen one opera in performance with a countertenor - this was the Irish Opera Theatre Company's production of Handel's Rodelinda. This was a touring production with a young cast, and while I wasn't particularly impressed with the counter-tenor's voice, there was no doubt that he looked and acted the part of the hero properly - in that kind of smallscale close-up production a female soprano would have looked silly. So as long as the revival of baroque opera continues, I think the countertenors are the best solution!
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