Charles Burney in London - 6 December, 1783

from Letter from Charles Burney to Mrs Phillips, 7 December 1783, pages 404-5:

I was much pleased last night with Pacchierotti at the opera.... His voice was in god order, & he sang divinely - his 1st song a Grasiosa - or rather mezzo bravura Air of Bertoni, which I had never heard before; but so elegant & fanciful that I shd have been less surprised had I been told that the Catilena was Pacchierotti's - his 2d Air a Cantabile in the gran gusto by Anfossi - and the 3rd air, Rasserena il mesto ciglio, of Gluck, wch we got encored. He sang in a truely grand style the whole night - with too little applause & attention - though there was some of both - The first woman Lisini…   more >>
cite as

Letter from Charles Burney to Mrs Phillips, 7 December 1783. In Charles Burney, and Alvaro Ribeiro (ed.), The letters of Dr Charles Burney, volume 1 (Oxford, 1991), p. 404-5. accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: London


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

Listening to

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written by Pasquale Anfossi
performed by Caterina Lusini, Gaspare Pacchierotti, Maria Catenacci, Vincenzo Uttini

Experience Information

Date/Time 6 December, 1783
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


[1] Caterina Lusini - Italian soprano; [2] Maria Catenacci; [3] Vincenzo Uttini; [4] Pacchierotti, Vincenzio Bartolini, Caterina Lusini.

Originally submitted by Charlotte on Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:38:52 +0100