Sensational, brilliant, disastrous. Solicitor turned impresario Benjamin Lumley counted Napoleon, Count d'Orsay, Verdi, mendelssohn, and 'Swedish Nightingale' soprano Jenny Lind amongst his friends. Once dubbed 'the mysterious man', and a reluctant successor to actor-manager Laporte, he survived two turbulent mid-19th century decades of directing the Italian opera and ballet at London's Her Majesty's Theatre.Lumley's "Reminiscences of the Opera" (1864) give a rare insight, as well as providing interest for students of law, management, opera and theatre. Yet these are only part of his remarkable story.This is a new view of the 'Reminiscences', with lots of added detail about Lumley's life and death, his dedication to Mrs Grote, his fascination with light and colour, his vision of another world and his creative writing under a pseudonym.Susie Timms completes her eagerly awaited first trilogy on doyens of Victorian opera, which also comprises the first biography of her distant cousin the great soprano Titiens (Therese Tietjens), and the career of wheeler-dealer impresario Colonel James Henry Mapleson.This title is fully indexed. It features contemporary illustrations.