excerpt from 'Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900' pp. 99 (140 words)

excerpt from 'Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900' pp. 99 (140 words)

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Thirty Years of Musical Life in London

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It was quite late in the season of 1877 when Etelka Gerster made her debut at Her Majesty's as Amina in "La Sonnambula." She was one of Mr. Mapleson's surprises. Beyond a very high register, no one expected anything extraordinary from the newcomer. Imagine, therefore, the delight of habitues when they heard for the first time a voice of exquisitely musical quality and bird-like tone, trained to execute the most difficult fiorituri and cadenzas with the utmost care, and capable of running up comfortably to the giddy height of an F in alt. Moreover, the Hungarian soprano proved to be a good actress and a conscientious artist, so that her success was never for a moment in doubt. In the following season she accompanied Mr. Mapleson to America, and there began a long series of triumphs too familiar to need recalling.

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