Thomas Moore in Rome - 3 November, 1819

from Diary of Thomas Moore, 3 November 1819, page 62:

Went to the Opera: “L’Italiana in Algieri.” Never was anything so pestiferous as the smell of the house. Monballi [sic] by no means a pleasing singer; all art, no voice.

cite as

Thomas Moore, Diary of Thomas Moore, 3 November 1819. In Thomas Moore, and Lord John Russell (ed.), Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence of Thomas Moore, volume 3 (London, 1853), p. 62. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Rome


Thomas Moore
Poet, Singer, song writer

Listening to

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L'Italiana in Algieri
written by Gioachino Rossini
performed by Ester Mombelli [?]

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 November, 1819
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


It is likely that Moore has misremembered or misheard the name of the singer. The Mombellis were a family of well-known singers. Both Ester and her sister Anna were particularly associated with Rossini's operas, but Anna had retired from the stage shortly after her marriage in 1817. It's therefore likely that the singer that Moore heard on this occasion was Ester.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 18 Jul 2020 09:24:09 +0100
Approved on Thu, 03 Sep 2020 08:11:09 +0100