Almanac: Dr. Johnson on Italian opera

INK BOTTLE“In 1703, his Ode on Music was performed at Stationers’ Hall; and he wrote afterwards six cantatas, which were set to music by the greatest master of that time, and seemed intended to oppose or exclude the Italian opera, an exotic and irrational entertainment, which has been always combated, and always has prevailed.”

Samuel Johnson, “Hughes” (in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets)

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