Hermann Klein in Norwich - 1866

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, pages 460-1:

Sims Reeves in the original instance was an opera-singer. I once heard him in opera, but he was then nearly sixty, and had long abandoned his stage career. I first heard him sing at the Norwich Festival of 1866, when he took part in Costa's oratorio “Naaman”. His voice was then still in its prime. A more exquisite illustration of what is termed the true Italian tenor quality it would be impossible to imagine; and this delicious sweetness, this rare combination of “velvety” richness with ringing timbre, he retained in diminishing volume almost to the last.

cite as

Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 460-1. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438599831167 accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: Norwich


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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written by Michael Costa (conductor)
performed by Sims Reeves

Experience Information

Date/Time 1866
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:03:51 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:50:45 +0100