Musical Times Archived from the original on 26 November As early asPope Benedict XIV tried to ban castrati from churches,  but such was their popularity at the time that he realised that doing so might result in a drastic decline in church attendance. After the unification of Italy incastration for musical purposes was officially made illegal the new Italian state had adopted a French legal code which expressly forbade the practice. The singer in question was a pupil of Moreschi's, Domenico Mancini, such a successful imitator of his teacher's voice that even Lorenzo PerosiDirettore Perpetuo of the Sistine Choir from to and a strenuous opponent of the practice of castrato singers, thought he was a castrato. Reflections on Theatrical Expression in Tragedy London,p.
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Voice actor Walter Tetley may or may not have been a castrato ; Bill Scotta co-worker of Tetley's during their later work in television, once half-jokingly quipped that Tetley's mother "had him fixed" to protect the child star's voice-acting career. It seems likely that the Spanish tradition of soprano falsettists may have hidden castrati. In his Reflections upon theatrical expression in tragedyRoger Pickering wrote:. As the castrato's body grew, his lack of testosterone meant that his epiphyses bone-joints did not harden in the normal manner. Thus the limbs of the castrati often grew unusually long, as did the bones of their ribs. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.