Charles Dickens in Carrara - 1845

from Pictures from Italy, pages 106, page 106:

Carrara, shut in by great hills, is very picturesque and bold. Few tourists stay there; and the people are nearly all connected, in one way or other, with the working of marble. There are also villages among the caves, where the workmen live. It contains a beautiful little Theatre, newly built; and it is an interesting custom there, to form the chorus of labourers in the marble quarries, who are self-taught and sing by ear. I heard them in a comic opera, and in an act of “Norma;” and they acquitted themselves very well; unlike the common people of Italy generally, who (with some exceptions…   more >>
cite as

Pictures from Italy, pages 106. In Charles Dickens, and Kate Flint (ed.), Pictures from Italy (1998), p. 106. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1382364120 accessed: 22 November, 2017

location of experience: Carrara

Listeners

Charles Dickens
Writer
1812-1870

Listening to

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Norma
written by Vincenzo Bellini
opera
written by Papuch

Experience Information

Date/Time 1845
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:02:00 +0100