Lord Cowper in Florence - 18th Century

from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, pages 111-112:

It is perhaps not generally known, that, in the early part of his life, Morelli was Lord Cowper's volante, or running footman. One night, when going to bed, his Lordship's attention was attracted by some one singing an air, from an opera then in vogue ; the person was seated on the steps of a church, opposite to his Lordship's palace: the prodigious quality of the voice, the fine ear and excellent taste displayed, astonished his Lordship. He ordered his valet to inquire who the extraordinary performer could be ; the valet replied, " that he knew very well ; it was young Giovanni, one of his…   more >>

cite as

Michael Kelly, Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, volume 1 (London, 1826), p. 111-112. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1428167038498 accessed: 13 July, 2024

location of experience: Florence


Listening to

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Air performed by Giovanni Morelli

Experience Information

Date/Time 18th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:03:58 +0100
Approved on Sun, 03 Jan 2016 13:53:38 +0000