excerpt from 'Musical Reminiscences: Containing an Account of Italian Opera in England, From 1773. The Fourth Edition, Continued to the Present Time, and Including The Festival in Westminster Abbey.' pp. 203-4 (100 words)

excerpt from 'Musical Reminiscences: Containing an Account of Italian Opera in England, From 1773. The Fourth Edition, Continued to the Present Time, and Including The Festival in Westminster Abbey.' pp. 203-4 (100 words)

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Musical Reminiscences: Containing an Account of Italian Opera in England, From 1773. The Fourth Edition, Continued to the Present Time, and Including The Festival in Westminster Abbey.

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In Semiramide, when I saw it, the principal male character, that of Arsace, was acted by Pisaroni, a singer of the first excellence, possessing the finest contralto voice of almost any female ever heard; but she was, unfortunately, one of the plainest, and could never appear in the dress of her sex. She was fully conscious of this great disadvantage, and always acted male parts; nor would, as I have heard, accept an engagement till she had prepared her employers for the deformity they would see. To those who only listened, she gave unqualified satisfaction, for her singing was perfect.

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