Sir Augustus Harris et al. in Drury Lane - 1886

from Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life, page 279:

Before Sir Augustus (then Mr.) Harris became manager of the Covent Garden Theatre, he started Italian Opera at Drury Lane. That was in 1886, and I remember one evening on which a grand opera (I think it was Faust) was given, at which I was present, when Ella Russell, Jean and Edouard de Reszke, and other good artists sang. Harris was sitting in the stalls immediately in front of me, and, turning round, said to me in a despondent way : " Ganz, look at this empty house!" With such good singers he felt quite dis- couraged, but he had his reward later on.
cite as

Wilhelm Ganz, Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life. In Internet Archive (London, 1913), p. 279. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436446725851 accessed: 24 June, 2019

location of experience: Drury Lane

Listeners

Wilhelm Ganz
Accompanyist, Composer, Conducting, Teacher
1833-1914

Listening to

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Faust
written by Charles Gounod
performed by Edouard de Reszke, Ella Russell, Jean de Reszke

Experience Information

Date/Time 1886
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:58:46 +0100
Approved on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:59:17 +0000