Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1949

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 125:

This same year, 1949, saw the first performance of Sir Arthur Bliss's opera, "The Olympians". It is worthy of mention in that it was the first new English work to be produced at Covent Garden after the war. Otherwise, in spite of a good first act and a libretto by J.B Priestley, it was largely unmemorable and never revived. Someone who would have good reason to remember it would be Michael Langdon, the bass and internationally-acclaimed Baron Ochs, who was first promoted from the chorus to a small part at short notice while on tour in Edinburgh. Rankl always objected to his choristers taking …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 125. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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'The Olympians'
written by Arthur Bliss
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Michael Langdon, unnamed soloists

Experience Information

Date/Time 1949
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 11 May 2015 17:24:30 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:04:40 +0000