Second series: Malibran to Titiens
D. Appleton, 1881 - Singers
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Page 192 - I will be better qualified than I am when I again come to Copenhagen." On the stage she was the great artiste who rose above all those around her ; at home, in her own chamber, a sensitive young girl with all the humility and piety of a child.
Page 61 - She was a pale woman ; her face, a thoroughly German one, though plain, was pleasing, from the intensity of expression which her large features and deep tender eyes conveyed. She had profuse fair hair, the value of which she thoroughly understood, delighting, in moments of great emotion, to fling it loose with the wild vehemence of a Maenad. Her figure was superb though full, and she rejoiced in its display.
Page 118 - Nothing stranger, more incomplete in its completeness, more unspeakably indicating a new and masterful artist can be recorded than that first appearance. She looked older than her years; her frame (then a mere reed) quivered this way and that; her character dress seemed to puzzle her, and the motion of her hands as much. Her voice was hardly settled even within its own...
Page 131 - Duprez at his expense, that his friends feared for his sanity, a dread which was ominously realized in Italy two years afterward, where Nourrit was then singing. Though he was very warmly welcomed by the Italians, his morbid sensibility took offense at Naples at what he fancied was an unfavorable opinion of his Pollio in "Norma." His excitement resulted in delirium, and he threw himself from his bedroom window on the paved court-yard below, which resulted in instant death. Nourrit was the intimate...
Page 24 - Zingarelli — characters as different from each other as can well be imagined : and two of them, moreover, among the masterpieces of Pasta. It was remarked by a French critic, that " if Malibran must yield the palm to Pasta in point of acting, yet she possesses a decided superiority in respect to song.