Hermann Klein in Covent Garden - 1895

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, page 414:

The only important novelty was Frederic Cowen's “Harold” a four-act dramatic opera, composed to a weak libretto by Sir Edward Malet, and, mirabile dictu, sung in English before a Covent Garden audience in mid-season! The fine music of this work deserved more enduring success. The cast comprised Mme. Albani, Miss Meisslinger, Philip Brozel, David Bispham, and Richard Green ; but, unluckily, there was a lack of distinction (and distinctness) about the general rendering that was scarcely calculated to engender in aristocratic auditors any particular love of opera in the vernacular.

cite as

Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 414. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438591711956 accessed: 23 October, 2021

location of experience: Covent Garden


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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Harold or the Norman Conquest
written by Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen
performed by Luise Meisslinger, Philip Brozel, Emma Albani, Richard Green

Experience Information

Date/Time 1895
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:48:32 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:59:10 +0100