5. The Cruellest Cut: Castrati Come to Prominence
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Moments that rocked the classical music world
5. 5. The Cruellest Cut: Castrati Come to Prominence
Another key moment in the world of classical music is one of the most painful. In a world where women weren't allowed to sing in church, there's only one option: male singers were castrated to keep their pure treble voice, and many made a name for themselves as famous singers with unusually high voices.