Benjamin Britten in Prestatyn - 8 May, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, pages 210-211:

Listen to wireless (the hired portable taken away, & a hired electric one in its place - not so good) - Palladium Command perf. & Act II of Fidelio from Covent Garden. Cast as before - Voelker as Flor. & [Alfred Jerger] as Don Fernando. They follow the usual custom of playing Leonore 3 between scenes & irritatingly cut the exciting 1st Chorus of last scene. Personally, much as I love the ov. I don't want it there. They can change scenes pretty quickly nowadays. Beecham only competant. Irritatingly ungiving. Poor singers - like singing under an ill-balanced Metronome. But …   more >>

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 210-211. accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Prestatyn


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Alexander Kipnis, Alfred Jerger, Erna Berger, Franz Völker, Sir Thomas Beecham, Herbert Janssen, Lotte Lehmann

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 May, 1934
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


*Beecham's cast was led by Lotte Lehmann (Leonora), Franz Völker (Florestan), Erna Berger (Marzelline), Alexander Kipnis (Rocco), Herbert Janssen (Don Pizzaro) and Alfred Jerger (Don Fernando).

Originally submitted by gkw on Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:55:53 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:23:00 +0100