The Historical Voices Of Opera

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The Historical Voices of Opera:
From 1500 century to new Milieumn
For over thousands of years, Opera has become one of the greatest musical forms. By early 1600’s, Opera has made a major expansion all over Europe. Many singers were very skillful and challenged of any vocal genre. Also, by this time the audience didn’t just come and see actors/actress play theatrical roles, they wanted to hear the sweet sound of the leading voices. Mostly, the high vocal range parts stole the show. Between 1590 to 1900, the Castrati (male sopranos) played the leading roles as the heroines, hero and villains, but it will take decades for women to arise from the religious and political views which caused restriction on all opera houses to ban all women to participate on stage. Like women, soon the rise for the castrate singers will decline and restrictions to participate on stage will come into effect. There are four similarities between both sexes that causes a rise and fall effect in the operatic form. First similarity is the history of the opera. According to John Brister, before the existence of opera, each nationality has used boys, falsettos, or eunuchs as singers to entertain and worship. Even though their voices admired by a historical point of view, the falsetto and the eunuch didn’t have appropriate signature or sound to continue. Eventually, the Spanish and Roman church used castrati’s in 1577-1578. They carried a lighter tone similar to a woman’s voice. Nonetheless,…

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