Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - the 1950's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 130:

I was one again on duty in the stage band when Kleiber conducted "Rigoletto". The first thing he did was to reseat the orchestra with the brass in the centre which he said was in the "Italian style". He was an absolute purist about everything that was sung: any attempt by Walter Midgley to soar up to an extra top note would be greeted with: "Is there a B flat there? Have you your score?"
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 130. accessed: 21 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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, Walter Midgley, Erich Kleiber

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 17:26:40 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:06:53 +0000