Mrs. Britten et al. in Vienna - 24 November, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 235:

Early dinner & we both go to the opera to see Strauss' incredible Salome. V. finely done, with a superb Salome - Hildegard Ranczak - who sang and acted in a first rate manner. The rest of the cast was good - with a few exceptions - & the orchestra played v. well under Hans Knappertsbusch, who isn't so bad when he can't be seen. Of course the idea & the music, are too thrilling & horrible for words. A great & epoch-making work. 

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 235. accessed: 13 April, 2024

location of experience: Vienna


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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written by Richard Strauss
performed by Hildegard Ranczak, Hans Knappertsbusch

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 November, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:22:26 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:51:31 +0100