Dmitri Shostakovich in Berlin - 30 March, 1952

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 140:

One of the most vivid experiences I had in Germany was my visit on 30 March to the Berlin Staatsoper, where I saw a wonderful, exciting production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Listening to this truly great opera, I was at a loss to understand the commonly held opinion that the work does not stage well, that its libretto lacks drama, and so on. In Berlin Fidelio was produced by Werner Kelch and conducted by Hermann Abendroth, and their …   more >>

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 140. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Hermann Abendroth

Experience Information

Date/Time 30 March, 1952
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Excerpt from 'Sovetskaya Muzyka', No. 1, 1951.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sat, 02 Jan 2016 21:48:14 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:59:13 +0100