Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Lately I have been pre-ordering from iTunes who send out emails when your order is ready to download.  In the middle of the night I was notified that St. Petersburg had arrived.  (So of course I leaped out of bed....)  So far "Pastore che a notte ombrosa" from Seleuco by Francesco Araia is my favorite with its wonderful sinuousness.

This recording has made me wish to ask about the available singers in Russia at that time.  Were they Italians?  Castrati?  Russian?  What?

1 comment:

Charlotte said...

Dear Dr.B, at least somehow an answer to your question about the singers in that period: In the very end of the article here is a little information about it. As soon as the opera libretti were written in Russian, they hired Russian singers, before they were Italian.

I would love to know whether there were ever Russian castrati.