Benjamin Lumley - 15 March, 1849

from Reminiscences of the Opera, page 240:

Her Majesty's Theatre, then, opened on the 15th of March, with Alboni, now in the height of her popularity, as Cenerentola. The success of this great singer was necessarily triumphant; and the season, in appearance at all events, could not have commenced under happier auspices. The public is a child in many respects— in many respects, too, a spoiled child, a very spoiled child. It cried still for its favourite toy — Jenny Lind. However brilliant the new toy placed before it for its delectation and amusement, it would not take to it as, under other circumstances, it might have done. The favourite image and idol of the last two years was ever in its thoughts. However eminently successful as was the debut of Mademoiselle Alboni at Her Majesty's Theatre, it hardly carried with it that prestige to which it was fairly entitled.

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Benjamin Lumley, Reminiscences of the Opera (London, 1864), p. 240. accessed: 4 February, 2023


Benjamin Lumley
Opera manager, Solicitor

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La Cenerentola
written by Rossini
performed by Marietta Alboni

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 March, 1849
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:14:59 +0100
Approved on Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:30:27 +0100