Benjamin Lumley - 1847

from Reminiscences of the Opera, pages 188-9:

Great as was the excitement produced by the Alice of Jenny Lind, it was perhaps exceeded by her next performance. In the part of Amina, in "La Sonnambula," she surpassed all previous expectations. In simplicity, tenderness, and grace, in perfect impersonation, these qualities being combined with exquisite delivery of the music, she was universally declared to have beaten all her compeers "out of the field." Not only was she the Sonnamhula, but Amina was generally looked upon as the culminating point of her unprecedently successful season. Ably seconded by Gardoni, she stamped the part as her own, and threw a fresh charm over an opera, always beautiful, it is true, but yet "hackneyed" to the last degree.

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Benjamin Lumley, Reminiscences of the Opera (London, 1864), p. 188-9. accessed: 4 December, 2023


Benjamin Lumley
Opera manager, Solicitor

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La Sonnambula
written by Felice Romani, Vincenzo Bellini
performed by Italo Gardoni, Jenny Lind

Experience Information

Date/Time 1847
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:05:10 +0100
Approved on Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:54:41 +0100