Michael Kelly in San Benetto - late 18th Century

from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, pages 126-127:

The first opera I saw [at St Benetto] was Orpheo and Euridice. Orpheus was performed by Rubinelli, a native of Brescia ; his fine contre-alto voice has never been surpassed, and he was an excellent actor as well as a sound musician. The prirna donna was Signora Banti, who had just then returned from London, where she had been engaged at the Opera House. As many of my readers doubtless remember, she had a finely marked countenance, and a noble soprano voice, but was no musician. The difficulties arising from this deficiency she obviated by an extraordinary quickness and niceness of ear, …   more >>

cite as

Michael Kelly, Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, volume 1 (London, 1826), p. 126-127. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429180017418 accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: San Benetto


Michael Kelly
theatre manager, Composer, Singing

Listening to

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Orpheo and Euridice
written by Ferdinando Bertoni
performed by Madame Banti, Rubinelli

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:26:57 +0100
Approved on Sun, 03 Jan 2016 13:58:15 +0000