in London - early 19th Century

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 336-342:

Madame Catalani, by her wonderful powers, brought the Italian Opera into general notice, and drew crowds of persons to the theatre, who before knew it only by name. Her fine figure and fascinating countenance, with the charm of her acting and singing, rendered her the idol to which every one bowed. These splendid endowments however proved the destruction of the opera. The sum she demanded absorbed a great portion of the receipts, and the other parts were filled with second-rate performers. Finding herself a star among twinkling satellites, she took the liberty of mutilating the opera for the …   more >>
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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 336-342. accessed: 9 December, 2022

location of experience: London

Listening to

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'Così fan Tutte' K588
written by Mozart
performed by Madame Catalani
Don Giovanni
written by Mozart
performed by Ambrogetti, Crivelli, Madame Fodor, Naldi, Ronzi de Begnis

Experience Information

Date/Time early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:48:11 +0100