Michael Kelly in Royal Opera House - late 18th Century

from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, page 169:

[At] one of my benefits at the Opera House, when Madame Catalani did me the 
favour to sing for me ; the rush was so great, that the doors were broken down,
and the pit crammed to excess : the return in money was only 25l. Of course,
great numbers got into the pit without paying ; and though an appeal was made,
and a request that those who had not paid, would send the price of their
admission to the box-office the following day, not a single person sent; they
seemed all to be of Falstaff's way of thinking, "They did not like that paying
back."
cite as

Michael Kelly, Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, volume 2 (London, 1826), p. 169. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1437162662523 accessed: 27 January, 2021

location of experience: Royal Opera House

Listeners

Michael Kelly
theatre manager, Composer, Singing
1762-1826

Listening to

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Sung performance performed by Madame Catalani

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:51:02 +0100
Approved on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:39:21 +0000