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Buckingham Palace. Wednesday Evening 28th June 1882

Concert Programme
1882 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This concert which principally consisted of items from operas took place at Buckingham Palace while Queen Victoria was staying at Windsor Castle. She noted in her journal for 28th June 1882 that her Private Secretary Sir Henry Ponsonby, her daughter-in-law Louischen or Princess Louise, and her grand-daughter Princess Elizabeth left Windsor that afternoon to drive to London for what she calls 'the State Concert'. Although Queen Victoria really loved opera, she did not go to this concert herself but instead had tea at Frogmore and drew and painted until 8pm since it was such a lovely day.

The concert was performed by some of the most famous singers of the day including the Austrian soprano Pauline Lucca, the internationally renowned Polish tenor Jean de Reszke, the French tenor Ernesto Nicolini, the French mezzo-soprano Zélia Trebell, the English tenor Joseph Maas and the Spanish coloratura soprano Adelina Patti. The concert was conducted by the English pianist, violinist, organist, conductor and composer William Cusins. The items included pieces by composers including Mozart, Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod and even the late HRH Prince Albert whose 1845 chorus with solo 'L'Invocazione all'Armonia' was performed by Lucca, Trebelli, Maas and de Reszke.

The programme like so many for theatrical and concert events at Queen Victoria's palace is beautifully printed on cream paper, intricately pierced and stamped to imitate lace. The embossed Royal Coat of Arms is richly printed in red and blue, and decorated with gold leaf.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
printed silk
Brief description
Theatre programme for a concert at Buckingham Palace, 28 June 1882, starring Adelina Patti (1843-1919). Printed pierced and embossed paper, 1882
Physical description
Cream paper programme, pierced and embossed to imitate a lace border, featuring the Royal Coat of Arms in gold, red and blue, and printed with the programme for a concert at Buckingham Palace Wednesday 28th June 1882. Embossed with the address 3, St. James's St. SW, probably the name of the programme maker.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.3cm
  • Width: 19.0cm (Note: As folded, and as presented for original use)
  • Weight: 38.0cm (Note: As folded out )
Marks and inscriptions
Credit line
Acquired with the support of the Friends of the V&A
Object history
The singers for this concert at Buckingham Palace were the Austrian soprano Pauline Lucca (1841-1908), the internationally renowned Polish tenor Jean de Reszke (1850 – 1925), the French tenor Ernesto Nicolini (1834-1898), the French mezzo-soprano Zélia Trebelli (1834-1898), the English tenor Joseph Maas (1847-1886) and the Spanish coloratura soprano Adelina Patti (1843-1919). The concert was conducted by the English pianist, violinist, organist, conductor and composer William Cusins (1833-1893).



Pieces played and sung during the evening included the overture to the play Struensee, the song 'Fanciulle che il cor' from Dinorah, and the recitative 'O jours heureux' from L'Etoile du Nord by Giacomo Meyerbeer; the duet 'Là ci darem la mano' from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the solo 'Viens, je sais un riant asil' and the duet 'Dal terreno ambir fallance' from Vélleda by Charles Lenepveu, the Chorus of Gnomes and Symphs from The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz, the solo 'Die Loreley' by Franz Liszt, the solo 'Quando le sere' from Luisa Miller by Verdi, the solo 'Nella calma' from Romeo e Giulietta by Gounod, the chorus with solo 'L'Invocazione all'Armonia' by H.R.H. the Prince Consort, and the trio 'Le faccio un inchino' from Il Matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa.







Subject depicted
Summary
This concert which principally consisted of items from operas took place at Buckingham Palace while Queen Victoria was staying at Windsor Castle. She noted in her journal for 28th June 1882 that her Private Secretary Sir Henry Ponsonby, her daughter-in-law Louischen or Princess Louise, and her grand-daughter Princess Elizabeth left Windsor that afternoon to drive to London for what she calls 'the State Concert'. Although Queen Victoria really loved opera, she did not go to this concert herself but instead had tea at Frogmore and drew and painted until 8pm since it was such a lovely day.



The concert was performed by some of the most famous singers of the day including the Austrian soprano Pauline Lucca, the internationally renowned Polish tenor Jean de Reszke, the French tenor Ernesto Nicolini, the French mezzo-soprano Zélia Trebell, the English tenor Joseph Maas and the Spanish coloratura soprano Adelina Patti. The concert was conducted by the English pianist, violinist, organist, conductor and composer William Cusins. The items included pieces by composers including Mozart, Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod and even the late HRH Prince Albert whose 1845 chorus with solo 'L'Invocazione all'Armonia' was performed by Lucca, Trebelli, Maas and de Reszke.



The programme like so many for theatrical and concert events at Queen Victoria's palace is beautifully printed on cream paper, intricately pierced and stamped to imitate lace. The embossed Royal Coat of Arms is richly printed in red and blue, and decorated with gold leaf.
Bibliographic reference
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Collection
Accession number
S.1685-2014

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