William Beatty-Kingston in Italy - the 1860's
This irrepressibility of utterance in Italian musical audiences, even when everything behind the footlights went smoothly and well, was my normal drawback at all the Peninsular opera-houses I ever attended. But it was nothing to the discomfiture that befel me upon one or two occasions, when really vicious performances raised the public temper to fever-heat, and speedily led up to scenes of disorder, sound, and fury such as I have never witnessed in any theatre north of the Alps.
William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 368. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1452012296277 accessed: 29 January, 2022
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|