In early eras, Western social and religious customs severely restricted women’s participation in public musical events.Thus, young boy and occasionally men who have soprano or alto range voices, sang female parts in church music and on the stage. In the sixteenth century, women were allowed to become famous singers. In the eighteenth century, tenors were most often featured as soloist in early opera, while baritones and basses became popular soloist later.
In other cultures, the women’s voices has always been preferred for curtain styles of music, such as lullabies. Throughout the ages, the human voice has served as a model of instrument builders, composers, and players.