Mary Berry in Brussels - 11 April, 1822, at night

from Diary of Mary Berry, 11 April 1822, page 315:

After dinner went to the great theatre. The ‘Marriage of Figaro,’ turned into a comic opera by Mozart, with delicious music; but I do not like music which from time to time mars the wit of Beaumarchais. The really comic effect of the last scene is entirely spoiled by the music; all the actors entering the pavilion on the two sides of the stage, singing their intentions with an accompaniment charming in itself, but which entirely destroys the illusion of the scene.

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 11 April 1822. In Lady Theresa Lewis, Lady Theresa Lewis and Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 3 (London, 1865), p. 315. accessed: 13 April, 2024

location of experience: Brussels


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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The Marriage of Figaro
written by Mozart

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 April, 1822, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:41:23 +0000
Approved on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:41:32 +0000