Elizabeth Billington, 1765-1818

British opera singer of wide range and great success.  Possibly her most dramatic appearance was in Naples in where, in 1794, “an eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurring about the same time was by the superstitious Neapolitans attributed to permission having been given to a heretic to perform at the San Carlo, and fears were entertained for Mrs. Billington’s safety.”

Her actual performance saved the day and possibly her neck, and in the end, a good time was had by all.

A Dictionary of Music and Musicians: (A.D. 1450-1889) By Adela Harriet Sophia Bagot Wodehouse

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