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Castrati, Countertenors, and the High Male Voice

Current Ashley Fellow at Trent University and Canada's leading authority on early music, Timothy McGee, to give a talk in conjunction with the visit to Peterborough of Canada's star countertenor Daniel Taylor.


Wed, January 11, 2006, 7:30pm
Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough
Free admission

Although male singers with high voices would seem to be unusual, they have been around for a very long time. Their principal source of employment has always been church choirs, but for several centuries a number of important opera roles were written for male altos and sopranos. The discussion will include the different types of high voices, their history, and the music they sing.

Professor McGee's talk is being held in conjunction with the appearance in Peterborough of Canada's star countertenor, Daniel Taylor, who will be performing with his early music ensemble on a program of dance and music at Showplace Performance Centre on January 15. Tickets for this event will be available at Prof. McGee's talk or by calling the Showplace Box Office at 742-7469.

More information available at the Peterborough New Dance web site:


A professor for 30 years at the University of Toronto, and currently an Ashley Fellow at Trent University, Prof. McGee has long been Canada's leading specialist in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a noted authority on the music of Canada. Author or editor of over ten books and innumerable articles on a wide range of subjects relating to early music, Prof. McGee's texts are standard works of reference for early music scholars and performers throughout the world. A noted performer as well as scholar, Prof. McGee was the founding director of the Toronto Consort, Canada's first ensemble dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music, which he directed from 1972 to 1979.

Posted January 11, 2006





























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