Hermann Klein in Covent Garden - 1899

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, page 450:

The season of 1899 yielded but a single novelty, namely, Isidore de Lara's “Messaline”. True, this was the work of an Englishman; but it was composed to a French libretto and performed by French artists, and it owed its hearing exclusively to foreign influence. Its success, despite the glamour of its picturesque Roman setting, and notwithstanding the art of Heglon, Alvarez, and Renaud, must perforce be described as equivocal. The story at best is revolting; and the music combines with a few fine moments many dull quarts d'heure.
cite as

Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 450. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438598288957 accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: Covent Garden


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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written by Isidore de Lara
performed by Albert Alvarez, Marie Renaud, Meyriane Heglon

Experience Information

Date/Time 1899
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:38:10 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:53:24 +0100