Album: Mozart, Arias for Male Soprano / Maniaci (Telarc)

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Try this game: play the Allelujah from the soprano concert aria "Exsultate Jubilate" to a friend, and see if they detect that the top C – and every other note – is being sung by a man.

We are accustomed to counter-tenors who can soar up through the "break", but Maniaci bursts the sound barrier, with the help of Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque and this cluster of Mozart arias written for castrati. It may not be the loveliest male voice, but it's certainly one of the highest.