William Beatty-Kingston in Berlin - at the end of 1866

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, pages 63-64:

My first experience of his [Albert Niemann] vocalisation was acquired during his performance of the title-role in Tannhaeuser, towards the close of the 1866 autumn. It was a painfully disappointing one. His voice, even then, was nothing more than a splendid ruin. He had torn it to tatters by persistent shoutings at the top of its upper register, and undermined it by excessive worship at the shrines of Bacchus and the Paphian goddess. Although his intonation was generally correct, its rare departures from central truthfulness being exclusively ascribable to …   more >>

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 63-64. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1445191083958 accessed: 16 June, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation

Listening to

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'Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg'
written by Richard Wagner
performed by Albert Niemann

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1866
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 18 Oct 2015 18:58:04 +0100
Approved on Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:17:21 +0000