Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 160:

... although it was the following year 1959, whcih was to be the season of Sutherland's greatest triumph as "Lucia di Lammermoor". I was not involved and so was able to to relax and take Valerie to the first night, in somone trepidation as we simply could not envisage big, kind, jolly Joan as the doomed and pathetic Lucia. Zefferelli really wokred a miracle on that first night, it was touching, convincing and beautiful. Sutherland was transformed, like Trilby under the power of a more benevolent Svengali and long afterwards one would see shreds of what he had taught her clinging to her in …   more >>

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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 160. accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

Listening to

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'Lucia di Lammermoor'
written by Gaetano Donizetti
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, other unnamed singers, Dame Joan Sutherland

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Follows on from Experience 1444759889311.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:13:50 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:16:26 +0000