Richard Edgcumbe in England - at the end of the 1780's

from Musical Reminiscences: Containing an Account of Italian Opera in England, From 1773. The Fourth Edition, Continued to the Present Time, and Including The Festival in Westminster Abbey., page 53:

She [Madame Mara] next revived an opera of Sacchini, called Perseo, which had been produced in the time of Millico and Miss Davies, whose style of singing was much the same. In this too the first man’s part was performed by Babbini, of whom, notwithstanding the favourable report I had heard of him, I cannot say much in praise. He might be a good singer, as far as knowledge of music could make him one, but he was unequal to producing much effect, from the weakness of his voice, which it seemed a painful effort to him to exert.

cite as

Richard Edgcumbe, Musical Reminiscences: Containing an Account of Italian Opera in England, From 1773. The Fourth Edition, Continued to the Present Time, and Including The Festival in Westminster Abbey. (London, 1834), p. 53. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1446637734026 accessed: 28 March, 2020

location of experience: England

Listeners

Richard Edgcumbe
Amateur Actor, Amateur Musician, Politician, Writer
1764-1839

Listening to

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Perseo
written by Antonio Sacchini
performed by Babbini, Madame Mara

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of the 1780's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:48:54 +0000
Approved on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:10:50 +0100