Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - at the end of the 1940's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 124-125:

The vagaries of principal singers have engraved two other performances on my memory. For "Il Trovatore" the very high tenor aria in Act III - "Di quella pira" - was often shortened to one verse and also transposed down a tone or semi-tone, so often that we only had the lower version in the Goodwin and Tabb parts we were using at the time. Walter Midgley wanted to sing it at the original pitch and include the second verse. There was not much time and I ended up brewing black coffee and sitting up most of the night working on it. Next day the Press Officer, Michael Wood asked me why I looked so …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 124-125. accessed: 28 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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"Di quella pira" from 'Il Trovatore'
written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Walter Midgley

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 11 May 2015 17:23:19 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:04:01 +0000