Countess Therese Apponyi et al. in Paris - 19 May, 1827, at night

from Letter from Lady Granville to her sister, Lady Carlisle, 21 May 1827, page 410:

On Saturday I took Mme. Appony, the Johnstons, and Miss Vernon to the Italiens, and there we had Pisaroni, magnificent, wonderful, entraînante, electrifying Pisaroni. Hideous, distorted, deformed, dwarfish Pisaroni. She has an immense head, a remarkably ugly face. When she smiles or sings her mouth is drawn up to her ear, with a look of a person convulsed with pain. She has two legs that stand out like sugar-tongs, one shorter than the other. Her stomach sticks out on one side of her body, and she has a hump on the other, not where stomachs or humps…   more >>

cite as

Henrietta Elizabeth [Harriet] Leveson Gower, Letter from Lady Granville to her sister, Lady Carlisle, 21 May 1827. In F. Leveson Gower (ed.), Letters of Harriet Countess Granville, 1810–1845, volume 1 (London, 1894), p. 410. accessed: 25 May, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Listening to

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Unspecified Italian opera performed by Benedetta Rosmunda Pisaroni, Carlo Zucchelli

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 May, 1827, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Lady Johnston and Miss Vernon were daughters of the Archbishop of York. Harriet Leveson Gower's sister, Georgiana Dorothy Howard, was titled Lady Morpeth until September 1825, after which she was titled Lady Carlisle.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:40:55 +0100
Approved on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:28:18 +0100