Hester Lynch Piozzi in Church of San Celso, Milan - 27 February, 1785

from Diary of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 27 February 1785, page 632:

I have seen or rather heard the Passione de Metastasio performed in St Celso’s Church; it shocked me to see St Peter represented by a Castrato[.]

cite as

Hester Lynch Piozzi, Diary of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 27 February 1785. In Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Later Mrs. Piozzi) 1776–1809. 2nd ed. , volume 2 (Oxford, 1951), p. 632. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1543235547229 accessed: 21 April, 2024

location of experience: Church of San Celso, Milan


Hester Lynch Piozzi
Writer, Writer

Listening to

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La passione di Gesù Cristo

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 February, 1785
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Metastasio’s libretto for the Passion was set to music by many composers during the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the writer does not specify which musical setting she heard.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:32:28 +0000
Approved on Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:54:38 +0000