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

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 149:

His "Tannhäuser" in 1955 was the first production of the opera since the war with rather unfortunate sets by Ralph Koltai. One critic described the landscape as in which Tannhäuser finds himself on leaving the Venusberg as resembling one of the dreadier stretches of the A3. There were certainly a great many frail, blackened trees on a brownish heath, such as we often see in my own parts of Surrey after a summer fire on the common. No consideration seemed to have been given to the vocal problems of the singers - the Hall of Song in Act II was so vast and open that it was utterly lacking in …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 149. accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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'Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg'
written by Richard Wagner
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Silvia Fisher, Rudolf Kempe

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:27:33 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:13:40 +0000