Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - 1936

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 44:

By the April to June opera season of 1936 I was playing my second "Ring" with Beecham. My memories of them are as lightweight, lyrical and a trifle on the fast side; but the really unforgettable experience in 1936 was hearing Kirsten Flagstad, the supreme Brünnhilde, for the second time. The audiences cheered her to the echo and even the most hardened player in the pit knew he was hearing a unique voice.
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 44. accessed: 21 April, 2024

location of experience: Covent Garden


Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer

Listening to

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Der Ring des Nibelungen
written by Richard Wagner
performed by Sir Thomas Beecham, Kirsten Flagstad, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Experience Information

Date/Time 1936
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:59:43 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:34:52 +0000