Richard Temple Savage in Theatre Royal - August, 1947

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 119:

Rankl had insisted on taking the whole orchestra on the tour, just to be on the safe side, so there were far too many of us and people were so bored they were begging to be allowed to play. We started rehearsals at once for "Tristan" and for "Rigoletto" which was produced in Glasgow. Stage bands were always "cued in", i.e. played by the orchestra in the pit, on tour and I went to play the E flat clarinet and witnessed a very curious phenomenon on the first night of "Rigoletto". The Duke, tenor Kenneth Neate (an Australian ex-policeman) was sitting at a table for the opening of Act II and …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 119. accessed: 25 April, 2024

location of experience: Theatre Royal


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

Listening to

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written by Guiseppe Verdi, Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, various unspecified solo singers and chorus, Kenneth Neate, Karl Rankl

Experience Information

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


Full details of the "Rigoletto" production are available at [accessed 11 May 2015].

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 11 May 2015 17:21:50 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:03:18 +0000