Alessandro Moreschi, First Soprano of the Sistine Chapel Choir was the only castrato ever recorded. In 1902, in a great salon in the Vatican, the walls covered with Titians, Raphaels and Tintorettos, Moreschi recorded his version of Ave Maria in the Vatican in 1902. It was reported that when he recorded this eerie version of the most beautiful of hymns he was particularly nervous which might account for the strange wobbling of his voice. Even so, this is a weird and haunted recording that often gets played at The Vampire’s Wife. We love it here for the tear in every note! Love Susie.