Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1953

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 142:

1953 was Coronation Year and an opera had been commissioned from Benjamin Britten. I cannot help thinking that they made the wrong choice of composer for the kind of piece they wanted, William Walton had a great sense of occasion and would probably have produced something more suitable. Britten always needed to be inspired by words of his very literary libretti but Walton would have enjoyed the pomp and circumstance. Be that as it may, what we got was "Gloriana". The opening jousting scene was effective and the Elizabethan pastiches, where the ballet danced to unaccompanied chorus, were …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 142. accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

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written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company

Experience Information

Date/Time 1953
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:20:51 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:13:09 +0000