Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - January, 1947

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 113-114:

After this we settled down to create a repertory: "Carmen", Massenet's "Manon", "Magic Flute", "Rosenkavalier", "Il Trovatore" and "Turandot". Most of the season's troubles seemed to involve those wretched English translations. There were two versions of "Carmen", one easily obtainable and the other almost impossible to find; or course they decided to do the latter.... Edith Coates was our first Carmen and although she may have lacked some of the requirements for fascinating Don José she had an unerring dramatic instinct and the sinister quality of her voice as she saw death in the cards - …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 113-114. accessed: 28 September, 2023

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

Listening to

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written by Georges Bizet
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Edith Coates, Karl Rankl

Experience Information

Date/Time January, 1947
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Details of the cast can be found at (accessed 3 May 2015).

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 02 May 2015 18:05:01 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:00:48 +0000