Peter Hawker in Paris - 13 December, 1814, at night

from Journal entry, 13 December 1814, page 117:

After hastily dressing, and dining, we re-entered our voiture, and drove off to the celebrated Opera of Paris. Found the house spacious and well built, though shabbily decorated and fitted up. The band very fine, and immensely strong, too much so for the choruses, it consisting of at least sixty professors. The singing most disgracefully infamous, and the acting nearly as bad, but the scenery, dresses, and decorations far surpassed all our English theatres in every respect. The opera was ‘Les Abencérages;’ in this was introduced a Mr. Aubert, who danced …   more >>

cite as

Peter Hawker, Journal entry, 13 December 1814. In The Diary of Colonel Peter Hawker, 1802-1853, volume 1 (London, 1893), p. 117. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Peter Hawker
Amateur Musician, Army officer, Sportsman, Writer

Listening to

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Les Abencérages
written by Luigi Cherubini
performed by Olivier Aubert

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 December, 1814, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:15:48 +0100
Approved on Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:26:57 +0100