1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

Charles Burney, in A General History of Music (1776-89; 1935) 2:681.



The dialogue of Mr. Hughes's Calypso, and the songs, are poetical, and very superior to those of any translated operas of that period; but besides the want of interest in the incidents of the drama, and the serious cast of the sentiments, which, however edifying in a sermon or in the closet, are seldom received with due reverence in a place of amusement. Nicolini, the favourite singer and actor of that time, had no part in this drama, which was performed by Margarita, Signora Manini, a new and obscure singer, Mrs. Barbier, Mrs. Pearson, and Leveridge, who, though good second and third rate performers, were not sufficiently captivating to supply the place of such singers as the town had then been accustomed to.