Effie Ruskin et al. in Venice - 19 February, 1852

from Letter from John Ruskin to John James Ruskin, 20 Feb. 1852, pages 332-333:

My dearest Father, I am getting quite into the world again—I took Effie to the opera last night.... The opera was intensely disagreeable—bad singing—bad dancing and plot at once tragic and absurd. It is difficult to express the degree of degradation into which the operatic amusement is sinking the European mind—First you have every possible means of excitement—music—passion—acting of the coarsest and most violent kind—glaring scenery— everything that can excite in the highest degree—then, the people, who are rich and idle—take this excitement every night—till …   more >>
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John Ruskin, Letter from John Ruskin to John James Ruskin, 20 Feb. 1852. In Anita Kermode and Frank Kermode (ed.), The Oxford book of letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 332-333. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1408368278913 accessed: 4 July, 2022

location of experience: Venice

Listeners

Effie Ruskin
1828-1897
John Ruskin
Art critic, art patron, draughtsman, philanthropist […]
1819-1900

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 February, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:24:39 +0100