Alexander Mackenzie in Naples - the 1890's

from A Musician's Narrative , page 180:

At the San Carlo (Naples) I witnessed the last of six performances of Mascagni's Le Maschere, which elicited no sign of approbation or disapproval from an audience firmly determined to show its displeasure by maintaining a frigid attitude from start to finish. A conspiracy of silence–rare operatic occurrence in Italy. As if to dismiss the work finally, the conductor, Mugnone, closed the score with a sharp slap and left his seat with an eloquent shrug of relief.
cite as

Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927), p. 180. accessed: 16 July, 2024

location of experience: Naples


Alexander Mackenzie

Listening to

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Le Maschere
written by Pietro Mascagni
performed by Mugnone

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1890's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Tue, 19 May 2015 23:37:40 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:36:40 +0100