Sylvia Townsend Warner in Maiden Newton - 8 January, 1966

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 299:

I packed.  And after dinner, to the last act of Figaro, I brushed cats.  Mozart's Almaviva was not da Ponte's emotional adaptable perdona latin, but a much more impressionable, wrong-headed, ultimately more tight-headed person.  This came out noticeably with an English cast.  All the same, the total change of ethos is now overdone.  Mozart does it all in his music, there is no need for the conductor to draw red lines and pointing NB.s all round it.

But how lovely, how eternally lovely!

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 299. accessed: 4 February, 2023

location of experience: Maiden Newton


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Nozze di Figaro
written by Mozart, Mozart

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 January, 1966
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:42:01 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:54:56 +0000