Rome, and Its Surrounding Scenery

Rome, and Its Surrounding Scenery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...the opera. After some delay the true overture to the opera commenced, which went off well, and the piece opened with a very fair chorus; but the best morceaux in the first act were a terzetto and a comic duet, both very well executed. The prima donna was a German, Adeline Speck, a pretty woman, a good actress, and possessing a fine voice, but not much execution; and in attempting too many roulades in the Persian! school, she sometimes failed. Full half the principal female singers now in Italy are Germans: when I heard her name I asked if she was not a German; sicuro was the reply--as though it were absurd to imagine that a prima donna of the day could be anything else. The tenore was a stout little man with a round face, and disgustingly fat, puggy-looking hands. He was even worse than Rubini as an actor, but possessed a fine voice, without very fine feeling; and like Byron's baritone, could, in default of sentiment, at all events display his teeth. Soon after the termination of the first act, the curtain, to my great astonishment, again discovered as it rose, my old friends the French beau and the Signora Contessa. It was the second act of the comedy, which I had supposed finished; after which we had the second act of the opera; which was again succeeded by another scrap of the comedy, the third and concluding act. This is a singular mode of dividing the amusements of the evening; but it is a method never departed from at the Teatro Voile. Even when they were getting up Spontini's La Vestale, in five acts, if they gave a comedy of Goldini's, which might be in five acts likewise, they gave alternate acts of each until the whole was gotten through. If it was feared that deep attention to a continued story might become too exciting, this was...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651436X
  • 9781236514363