Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - in the middle of the 1930's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 30-32:

We opened the season with "Lohengrin" which was very eventful. We spent the early rehearsals littering the pit with paper as we tore out all the cuts, Beecham having decided to do the massive work complete. As the rehearsals progressed it became obvious that the principals Lotte Lehmann and Lauritz Melchoir, had never learned the cut sections and did not intend to do so now. On the opening night there were some noticeable silences from the stage and when we arrived back after the second interval we knew that Sir Thomas had admitted defeat - the parts had all been removed for the cuts to be …   more >>

cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 30-32. accessed: 29 January, 2023

location of experience: Covent Garden


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner
performed by Sir Thomas Beecham, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lauritz Melchior, Lotte Lehmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


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Originally submitted by iepearson on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:01:06 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:20:19 +0000