Monday, July 17, 2006

Men, cross your legs Italian scientists exhume body of castrato
Scientists have exhumed the body of the legendary 18th-century opera singer Farinelli to learn more about the castrati, male singers neutered in childhood to preserve their high-pitched voices.

Farinelli was the most popular and best-paid opera singer in Europe before his death in 1782. His remains were exhumed Wednesday from the historic Certosa cemetery in Bologna, said musicologist Carlo Vitali, a founder of the Farinelli Studies Center.

Eh, not much else than the last thing posted on this. This article seems to indicate the remains are just bones, so who knows what they can get out of them as far as determining what castration did to them. Er, besides the obvious of course.