Richard Temple Savage in Manchester - the 1950's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 129:

So many of the operatic mishaps have passed from one story-teller to another that I have on occasion been told coldly, when relating one of my own personal experiences, that this event took place somewhere else and in another opera. I can only say that I have no need of "set pieces"; if I tell a story then I was there! A particular example of this "Russian Scandal" effect concerns a night on tour in Manchester in the fifties (most disasters seemed to happen on tour) when, the pit being too small to seat the full orchestra for "Aïda", we had to open the door under the stage and overflow…   more >>

cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 129. accessed: 3 March, 2024

location of experience: Manchester


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

Listening to

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written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 11 May 2015 17:25:25 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:05:56 +0000