Benjamin Lumley in Her Majesty's Theatre - 1850

from Reminiscences of the Opera, page 272:

Far more important was the reappearance of Mr. Sims Reeves on the boards of Her Majesty's Theatre. All former differences had been amicably arranged with the management, and he came again to assert his true position as one of the best of European tenors. His task was a severe one. He had still to contend with the ill-judged fastidiousness and one-sided prejudice of a class of opera-goers who will never allow any singer, whatever his merits, to be great in his own country. But Reeves accomplished his task with admirable artistic skill, and won his golden spurs in the battle with prejudice in the part of Ernani. His whole performance, dramatic as well as vocal, was one of eminent merit in the opinion of all unbiassed hearers, Parodi was the Elvira of the evening.

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Benjamin Lumley, Reminiscences of the Opera (London, 1864), p. 272. accessed: 28 May, 2024

location of experience: Her Majesty's Theatre


Benjamin Lumley
Opera manager, Solicitor

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written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Sims Reeves, Teresa Parodi

Experience Information

Date/Time 1850
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:08:06 +0100
Approved on Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:22:24 +0100