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  • n. Plural form of castrato.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of castrato.


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  • This piece serves as a substantial conjurer of what we might term the castrati-c imagination through its vivid representation of the materiality of sound as music, and one that locates this sound visually in a manner that does not oppose it to its evanescence, its temporality.

    Sounds Romantic: The Castrato and English Poetics Around 1800

  • -- S.J. eunuchs: the castrati were the great singers of Italian opera at this time.

    Prose and Poetry of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

  • The conventional wisdom is that Rauzzini was one of those unfortunate boys castrated or snipped on the orders of choirmasters in an age when the castrati were the most revered and celebrated of singers.

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  • Rush Limbaugh: On national radio show, called President Obama a "castrati", in response to Secretary of Defense Policy shift to allow press to photograph flag-draped caskets returning from Iraq

    Jeffrey Feldman: Tea Party Republicans

  • You must be very careful lest anyone should find out that you are a girl; you must sleep alone, dress yourself in private, and when your bosom is formed, as it will be in a year or two, it will only be thought a deformity not uncommon amongst 'castrati'.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • The practice of "castrati," high pitched male singers, ended in the late 18th century.

    KUOW 94.9 Puget Sound Public Radio

  • A fascination with castrati—fueled by her reaction to certain men she met in Italy—leads her to Castlegar, British Columbia, where at a tiny airport she is serenaded by members of the local men's choir and served a surprisingly good bowl of borscht.

    Far-Flung Journeys Through Song and Prose

  • Come on, Nancy, I know you can do it even though you are surrounded by castrati.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Fine Art of Negotiating

  • Berry describes him as having become a "celebrity pin-up," and she explores how women who flirted with him and other castrati "found a loophole that was an escape from the sexual double standard."

    Michael Roth: Helen Berry's The Castrato and his Wife

  • Women could intimately associate with castrati, since these were not supposed to be "real men" who could ruin their reputations.

    Michael Roth: Helen Berry's The Castrato and his Wife


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