excerpt from 'Reminiscences of the Opera' pp. 204 (118 words)

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It was at Rovigo that I first saw, in Verdi's opera of "Attila," a prima donna whose name afterwards came to be intimately associated with Her Majesty's Theatre, and was at once charmed with the fresh and resonnante voice of Mademoiselle Sophie Cruvelli. Overtures were immediately made to her for an engagement for the ensuing season in London; whereat Sophie Cruvelli was "in ecstacies." Her family objected that it was "too early yet" for her to risk the ordeal of an English public ; but the young and spirited prima donna herself listened with "charmed ears" to my proposals. In my own opinion of Sophie Cruvelli, I was fortified by that of Rubini, who congratulated me on my intention.

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