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. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Carrara


Charles Dickens

Listening to

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written by Vincenzo Bellini
written by Papuch

Experience Information

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

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