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Pauline Viardot: the radical soprano who made Charles Dickens weep

Pauline Viardot: the radical soprano who made Charles Dickens weep

The Telegraph - By Orlando Figes

In the opening night of the 1862 opera season, Charles Dickens made a special trip to Paris to hear the soprano Pauline Viardot sing the title role in Berlioz’s revival of Gluck’s Orphée. From a nearby box in the Theatre Lyrique, the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev observed the English novelist, …

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