Hermann Klein - 1877

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, page 99:

It was quite late in the season of 1877 when Etelka Gerster made her debut at Her Majesty's as Amina in "La Sonnambula." She was one of Mr. Mapleson's surprises. Beyond a very high register, no one expected anything extraordinary from the newcomer. Imagine, therefore, the delight of habitues when they heard for the first time a voice of exquisitely musical quality and bird-like tone, trained to execute the most difficult fiorituri and cadenzas with the utmost care, and capable of running up comfortably to the giddy height of an F in alt. Moreover, the …   more >>

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London (New York, 1903), p. 99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1439054463351 accessed: 25 September, 2023


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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La Sonnambula
written by Felice Romani, Vincenzo Bellini
performed by Etelka Gerster

Experience Information

Date/Time 1877
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Sat, 08 Aug 2015 18:21:03 +0100
Approved on Wed, 06 Jan 2016 10:00:24 +0000