Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot in Granada

from Diary of an Idle Woman in Spain, Vol 2, pages 258, page 258:

As to the Zarzuela (opera comique) ... music generally imported, becomes, by an easy process, Spanish at the frontier. I was informed the other night, that `La prova di un opera seria,' called here `Campanone' was Spanish, and (oh shade of Rossini!) that the `Barber of Seville' was Spanish music arranged by an Italian! And (en parenth├Ęse) what a treat to listen to these thrilling Italian notes, and that true voice of melody in which they speak, after the inanities to which I have been accustomed by national composers, ignorant of what true music means.
cite as

Memoir of Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot, Chapter 14. In Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot, Diary of an Idle Woman in Spain, p. 258. accessed: 24 November, 2017 (British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1950)

location of experience: Granada


Listening to

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The Barber of Seville
written by Gioachino Rossini

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:07:37 +0100