Happy Birthday Mr Dickens!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Dickens often attended performances at Covent Garden and Her Majesty’s Theatre, and in letters praised Mario, Grisi, Lind and Viardot (especially as Fidès in Meyerbeer’s Le prophète). In Paris he was moved to tears by a performance of Berlioz’s version of Gluck’s Orfeo in November 1862 (with Viardot in the title role) and, a few months later, by Gounod’s Faust. As editor of the journals Household Words and, later, All the Year Round, he published articles about music from time to time, and in 1869 published in All the Year Round several attacks on Wagner, probably written by his friend Henry Fothergill Chorley. (Robert Bledsoe in Grove Online)