Charles Burney in Teatro di San Carlo - 4 November, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, pages 192-3:

[…] I must own, that in the magnitude of the building and the noise of the audience, one neither can hear voices or instruments distinctly, and I was told that on account of the K[ing] and Q[ueen] being present, people were much less noisy than on common nights. There was not a hand moved by way of applause during the whole representation, tho’ people seemed much pleased with the music – but to say the truth it did not afford me the same delight as at the rehearsals, nor did the singers, tho’ they exerted themselves more, appear to such advantage. Not one of the …   more >>

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 192-3. accessed: 28 May, 2024

location of experience: Teatro di San Carlo


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

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Opera performed by Signora Bianchi

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 November, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:51:05 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:47:28 +0000