Richard Edgcumbe in England - mid 19th Century

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., pages 203-4:

In Semiramide, when I saw it, the principal male character, that of Arsace, was acted by Pisaroni, a singer of the first excellence, possessing the finest contralto voice of almost any female ever heard; but she was, unfortunately, one of the plainest, and could never appear in the dress of her sex. She was fully conscious of this great disadvantage, and always acted male parts; nor would, as I have heard, accept an engagement till she had prepared her employers for the deformity they would see. To those who only listened, she gave unqualified satisfaction, for her singing was perfect.

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. 203-4. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447064838733 accessed: 8 April, 2020

location of experience: England

Listeners

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

Listening to

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Semiramide
written by Rossini
performed by Pisaroni

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:27:19 +0000
Approved on Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:38:02 +0100