B1242. MICHAEL KELLY. Reminiscences of Michael Kelly of the King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. New York, J. & J. Harper, 1826. 424pp. Handsome, half-calf binding; Excellent, albeit lt. foxing throughout.
“’Ochelley’ was Mozart's interpretation of Kelly's name. To have appeared in the first performance of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, under the baton of the composer, was a source of joy to the singer for the rest of his life. It is a feat that deserves more recognition in his native city.
Michael Kelly went on to further fame in Great Britain and Ireland as a leading singer, often partnered by Nancy Storace and other leading sopranos. He appeared in operas by Stephen Storace, others written by himself and of course the works of Mozart. Later, he became a theatre manager, in partnership with Richard Brinsley Sheridan, at Drury Lane and Covent Garden. His last performances were in Dublin in 1811, where he sang in COSI FAN TUTTE and other operas on the same stages he had first graced thirty-two years earlier.”
- Theo Mortimer