excerpt from 'Reminiscences of the Opera' pp. 272 (134 words)

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Far more important was the reappearance of Mr. Sims Reeves on the boards of Her Majesty's Theatre. All former differences had been amicably arranged with the management, and he came again to assert his true position as one of the best of European tenors. His task was a severe one. He had still to contend with the ill-judged fastidiousness and one-sided prejudice of a class of opera-goers who will never allow any singer, whatever his merits, to be great in his own country. But Reeves accomplished his task with admirable artistic skill, and won his golden spurs in the battle with prejudice in the part of Ernani. His whole performance, dramatic as well as vocal, was one of eminent merit in the opinion of all unbiassed hearers, Parodi was the Elvira of the evening.

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