Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1958

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 155-156:

Carlo-Maria Giulini, had first appeared in May 1958 to conduct Verdi's "Don Carlos" in the most splendidly elegant production by Luigi Visconti with Tito Gobbi as Rodrigo and Boris Christoff as Philip II. Giulini, like Kempe, had very little English at first, he would attract our attention by saying gently: "My gentlemen..." I felt at once that this was how Verdi should be played, with a wonderful springing rhythm and singing quality - "sempre cantare" he would say and even in the staccato passages would give the apparently contradictory instruction: "Staccato - ma sempre legato" which …   more >>

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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 155-156. accessed: 29 November, 2023

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

Listening to

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Don Carlos
written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, other unspecified soloists, Boris Christoff, Carlo Maria Giulini, Tito Gobbi

Experience Information

Date/Time 1958
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:45:25 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:17:07 +0000