Richard Church in Covent Garden - the 1910's
from The Golden Sovereign, page 202:
I went occasionally to Clapham, to the Sunday evenings of chamber music, and Bertie continued to smuggle me in to rehearsals at Covent Garden. He gave me a ticket for the first performance in England of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. I sat through the opera, convinced that I was immersed in a glaucous, underwater world, where all motion was slow and tidal, and all colour but gradations of green.
Richard Church, The Golden Sovereign (London, 1957), p. 202. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1445897115457 accessed: 3 December, 2023
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Pelléas et Mélisande (opera)
written by Claude Debussy
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In his autobiography, Richard Church sets this experience around 1912-13, but according to the Royal Opera House website, the opera was first performed in England earlier, in 1909.