Mary Berry in Paris - 16 March, 1802, at night

from Diary of Mary Berry, 16 March 1802, page 137:

In the evening went to the Opera; in a box au premier, containing six places, for which we paid the enormous price of 57 livres. […]


This theatre, built in the Rue Richelieu, is new and handsome. It has three rows of boxes, and some near the stage, for the people of the theatre. The ornaments are all in pale browns, and bronze, and gold, not very gay. The lustre or circle of Argand lamps by which it is lighted, in perfect taste. The pieces given were …   more >>

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 16 March 1802. In Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 2 (London, 1865), p. 137. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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written by Jean-François Le Sueur
Anacréon chez Polycrate
written by Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry
performed by François Lays

Experience Information

Date/Time 16 March, 1802, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Although Mary Berry does not mention composer's names, they can be deduced from the context. François Lays was renowned for his performance of Anacreon in Grétry's opera, whilst the Le Sueur work remained in the Paris repertoire from 1796 until 1802.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:52:23 +0000
Approved on Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:24:05 +0000