Benjamin Lumley - 18 May, 1849

from Reminiscences of the Opera, page 247:

The night of Thursday, May the 18th, 1849, did really witness her "last appearance upon any stage." Jenny Lind retired in earnest, not, it is true, from the exercise of her profession, but from the theatrical boards, and this in the very zenith of her powers. Never perhaps during the whole of her career was there an occasion on which she bore away so great a triumph as when she appeared in the true sphere of her vocation for the last time This was a night of even unwonted sympathy and enthusiasm — a night of applause that seemed to know no bounds — a night of recalls, and again recalls, and one more last recall, as though the public could not part from her, or bear the thought of never looking upon her again. And so, with such heartfelt adieux, was Jenny Lind finally lost to the stage.

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Benjamin Lumley, Reminiscences of the Opera (London, 1864), p. 247. accessed: 27 January, 2023


Benjamin Lumley
Opera manager, Solicitor

Listening to

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Robert le Diable
written by Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giacomo Meyerbeer
performed by Jenny Lind

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 May, 1849
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:50:24 +0100
Approved on Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:26:16 +0100