Peter Hawker in St Carlos Theatre, Lisbon - 31 December, 1808, at night

from Journal entry, 31 December 1808, page 7:

Went to the Italian opera at St Carlos, which is considered the most fashionable entertainment in Lisbon. The house is good, but in point of decoration is inferior to ours. The orchestra department, consisting of about forty musicians, was most ably conducted; but the singing was far short of what I had been led to expect. The vocal performers displayed no execution, and, with the exception of two or three leading characters, were equally deficient in taste and expression.

cite as

[Peter Hawker], Journal entry, 31 December 1808. In Journal of a Regimental Officer During the Recent Campaign in Portugal and Spain Under Lord Viscount Wellington (London, 1810), p. 7. accessed: 17 April, 2024

location of experience: St Carlos Theatre, Lisbon


Peter Hawker
Amateur Musician, Army officer, Sportsman, Writer

Listening to

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Unspecified Italian opera

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 December, 1808, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:55:36 +0100
Approved on Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:14:32 +0100