Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1947

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 115-116:

For Massenet's "Manon" in 1947 we had a very young and pretty American soprano, Virginia McWatters, two household name - Heddle Nash and Dennis Noble - and a production by Frederick Ashton in which the balletic movements of the players fluttering their cards in the gambling scene in Act IV earned a spontaneous round of applause on the first night... This first night had its agitating moments. The power cuts were still ruling our lives and there must have been one earlier in the evening. This meant that the solo on the Hammond organ which opens Act III, Scene II in Saint-Sulpice was very flat …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 115-116. accessed: 15 April, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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written by Jules Massenet
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, George Hancock, Jess Walters, Virginia McWatters, Heddle Nash, Karl Rankl, Dennis Noble

Experience Information

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


Further details on this production can be found at (accessed 4 May 2015).

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 02 May 2015 18:06:04 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:01:33 +0000