John Evelyn in Venice - February, 1646

from Diary of John Evelyn, February 1646, page 57:

In January Signor Molino was chosen Dodge, but the extreame snow that fell, & the cold hindred my going to see the solemnity, so I stirrd not from Padoa til Shrovetide, when all the world repaire to Venice to see the folly and madness of the Carnevall.... Now are the greate banks set up for those who will play at Basset, the Comedians have also liberty & the Operas to exercise: Witty pasquils are likewise thrown about, & the Mountebanks have their stages in every Corner: The diversion which chiefely tooke me up, was three noble Operas which I saw, where was incomparable Voices, & Musique.
cite as

John Evelyn, Diary of John Evelyn, February 1646. In De la Bédoyère, Guy (ed.), The Diary of John Evelyn (Woodbridge, 1995), p. 57. accessed: 8 June, 2023

location of experience: Venice


John Evelyn
Diarist, Writer

Listening to

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Opera in Venice

Experience Information

Date/Time February, 1646
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:55:19 +0100