Denise Bourdet et al. in Venice - mid September, 1954

from The Paris Diary: Hyères and Italy 1954 and 1955, page 162:

The Twentieth-Century Music Festival continues. In the evening attended the second performance of the Britten opera (which Virgil calls "The Screw of the Century") with Denise Bourdet and "drove" her home in a gondola to the Bestigui Palace. In Munich last winter Peter Pears had already warned me that the little girl's role would be taken by a lady-midget of forty. Of course it was a flop. Why not a boy dressed up as a girl? At those ages there is little difference!
cite as

Ned Rorem, The Paris Diary: Hyères and Italy 1954 and 1955. In The Paris Diary and The New York Diary 1951-1961 (New York, 1998), p. 162. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1398106908393 accessed: 20 September, 2017

location of experience: Venice

Listeners

Denise Bourdet
Writer
1899-1967
Ned Rorem
Diarist, Writer, Composer, critic […]
1923-

Listening to

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The Turn of the Screw
written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Jennifer Vyvyan, Peter Pears, Joan Cross, English Opera Group, Arda Mandikian, Benjamin Britten, David Hemmings, Olive Dyer

Experience Information

Date/Time mid September, 1954
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Notes

Performance took place at La Fenice.


Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:01:48 +0100