Charles Burney in London - 27 January, 1776

from Letter from Charles Burney to Thomas Twining, 3 February 1776, page 201:

The Gab [Caterina Gabrielli] sang divinely on Saturday in Ventos feeble opera. The man has neither learning nor invention, but he cannot for the Italian blood of him be vulgar! He's just the contrary of a german composer, who never lets the ear have what it expects; for on s├žait par coeur all Ventos Music. He never disappoints you, nor gives the lie to memory.
cite as

Letter from Charles Burney to Thomas Twining, 3 February 1776. In Charles Burney, and Alvaro Ribeiro (ed.), The letters of Dr Charles Burney, volume 1 (Oxford, 1991), p. 201. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: London


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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La Vestale
written by Mattia Vento
performed by Caterina Gabrielli

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 January, 1776
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


According to the editor's note: 'La Vestale, the new serious opera by Mattia Vento (1735-76), Neapolitan composer and opera director who had settled in London in 1763 (New Grove), had its first public performance on Tuesday 6 Feb. 1776 at the King's Theatre, after a series of postponements. CB must have heard Caterina Gabrielli rehearsing La Vestale on Saturday 27 Jan., the date on which she also performed publicly in Sacchini's Didone.'

Originally submitted by Charlotte on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:05:01 +0100