Mrs. Britten et al. in Vienna - 15 November, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 233:

late tea at 5.30, & we go to opera at 6.30. A lovely show of Siegfried, the only snag being that S. while being a lovely person to look at & a fine actor - hadn't the first idea of singing - literally painful (Schubert). Mime (Zimmermann) was magnificent, a wonderful singer & actor - quite the best. The others good but not astounding. The scenic effects were wonderful, & the dragon fight, far from being ludicrous, was very exciting; & the last act was touchingly beautiful. The orchestra, under [Krauss] wasn't as impeccable as usual, but the horns (esp. the horn call) …   more >>

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John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 233. accessed: 24 May, 2024

location of experience: Vienna


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner
performed by Clemens Krauss, Zimmermann

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 November, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:33:11 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:53:11 +0100