Maiklejohn et al. in Sadler's Wells - 21 October, 1933

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, pages 151-152:

Meet Maiklejohn (from Holt) & lunch with him in Soho. He is up with a friend from Oxford & we three go to Sadler's Wells at 2.30 to see R-Korsakov's diverting & ext. clever 'Tsar Saltan'.* A good all round cast; ensemble in orch a good deal lacking - owing to cond. - Laurence Collingwood. 

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 151-152. accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: Sadler's Wells


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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The Tale of Tsar Saltan
written by Nikolai Andrejewitsch Rimski-Korsakow
performed by Edith Coates, Joan Cross, Roderick Jones, Lawrance Collingwood

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 October, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


*Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1900), opera in four acts (six tableaux) and a prologue, based on the Pushkin poem, with a libretto by Vladimir Ivanovich Belsky. The cast for this British premiere of the opera, given by the Vic-Wells Opera Company, included Joan Cross, Edith Coates, and Roderick Jones, artists who were later to create the roles of Ellen Orford, Auntie and Balstrode in the 1945 Sadler's Wells premiere of Britten's first operatic masterpiece, Peter Grimes.

Originally submitted by gkw on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:51:46 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:52:37 +0100