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1877 __ « Telephone concert - « Aida » by telephone between New York and Philadelphia »
Comment : « [Dated 1873?] Mr. Edward Fry [former impresario of an opera company in New York], formerly of this city, but who for many years past has resided in New York, is an invalid and confined to his chamber. It occurred to him to have his residence connected with the Academy of Music by telephone. On the first night of the experiment, he put the receiver to his ear with many misgivings, and his delight was unbounded when he found that he could hear the operatic performance almost as well as any one in the audience bodily present. Mr. Mapleson said : "Mr. Fry sent here yesterday in great excitement to knwo if the report that I was about to cut the wires was true. I assured his representative that nothing was further from my intention, and as we were giving "Aida" that night, I sent him a libretto with my compliments. He sent back his thanks, saying that he would not trouble me for an opera glass. On opera nights he sits propped up in bed, the telephone at his ear, the libretto in his hand, and the photographs of the chief singers of the evening arranged in a semi-circle around him and within reach. When anything pleases him he joins in the applause. When Gerster outdoes herself, he pats her picture approvingly, and whenever any one sings a false note - which no one in my Company ever does - he stands her on her head until she reforms." Mr. Fry is probably the first person who has brought the grand opera to his chamber by means of the telephone. (W.G. Armstrong)« An early example of telephonic transmission from New York to Philadelphia is suggested by the pianistic chamber music of Charles Jarvis. Since it occurred in 1877 it antedates the telephone operas [...] as heard by Edward Fry in 1883. (Robert A. Gerson)
Source : Armstrong, W.G. (1884). “A Record of the Opera Philadelphia”. (pp. 174-176). Philadelphia : Porter & Coates.
Source : Gerson, Robert A. (1940). “Music in Philadelphia : a history of Philadelphia music, a summary of its current state, and a comprehensive index dictionary”. (p. 160). University of Pennsylvania / Theodore Presser Co.
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