Martha Feldman is Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music, Romance Languages, and Literatures and the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She is the author of City Culture and the Madrigal at Venice and Opera and Sovereignty: Transforming Myths in Eighteenth-Century Italy and coeditor of The Courtesan’s Arts.
"Meticulously researched, beautifully written and richly illustrated . . . In this book, as erudite as it is gripping, there is little to criticize." - Cultural History
"This is a remarkable book. . . . An impressive achievement." - Nicholas Clapton, Early Music
"Feldman's high-mindedness . . . allows her to investigate this most easily sensationalized of topics with subtlety, taste and doses of scholarship that are not suffocatingly encyclopedic. . . . If you love singing there's every reason to read The Castrato." - Tim Pfaff, The Bay Area Reporter
"Rich in scholarship and filled with subtle analysis." - Colm Tóibín, London Review of Books