Tom Canning in Vienna State Opera - the 1940's

from BBC WW2 People's War:

Again the war moved on and I happened to be in Vienna... illegally downtown looking for the Statopernhaus when I heard an orchestra obviously rehearsing, and so I slithered into the basement of the bombed-out building and saw and heard the Vienna Philharmonic of the day, conducted by Von Karajan, with a young soprano who was as thin as a rake as if she had been on a no food diet for some time... but the voice was unbelievable. At the end I must have applauded as I was 'invited' to leave by two Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alikes. It was two years later, back in the UK, that I heard that voice …   more >>
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Ashley Leather, Audrey Lewis, Iain C Macpherson, Joan Styan, John Gardiner, John Kelly, Joseph J Brown, Josie Vernon and Tom Canning, BBC WW2 People's War. accessed: 23 July, 2024 (BBC WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at

location of experience: Vienna State Opera


Tom Canning

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Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:38:10 +0100