In the last decade, male stars countertenor singing castrato arias from Baroque Operas have emerged becoming famous for their recordings and live recitals. Some of the most famous countertenor are: Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Xavier Sabata, Valer Barna-Sabadus, David Hansen, Flavio Ferri-Benedetti who sing arias for Farinelli, Carestini, Annibali, Caffarelli, Senesino, etc...

Why a countertenor voice is considered to sing castrato roles nowadays? This is one of my favourite baroque arias for castrato:

Leonardo Vinci - "Vo solcando un mar crudele"

Countertenor Franco Fagioli


Female Soprano Simone Kermes


The voice of a 18th century castrato would be closer to a current countertenor voice or to a current female soprano voice?