Denise Bourdet et al. in Venice - mid September, 1954

from The Paris Diary: Hyères and Italy 1954 and 1955, page 162:

The Twentieth-Century Music Festival continues. In the evening attended the second performance of the Britten opera (which Virgil calls "The Screw of the Century") with Denise Bourdet and "drove" her home in a gondola to the Bestigui Palace. In Munich last winter Peter Pears had already warned me that the little girl's role would be taken by a lady-midget of forty. Of course it was a flop. Why not a boy dressed up as a girl? At those ages there is little difference!
cite as

Ned Rorem, The Paris Diary: Hyères and Italy 1954 and 1955. In The Paris Diary and The New York Diary 1951-1961 (New York, 1998), p. 162. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Venice


Denise Bourdet
Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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The Turn of the Screw
written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Arda Mandikian, David Hemmings, English Opera Group, Jennifer Vyvyan, Joan Cross, Olive Dyer, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears

Experience Information

Date/Time mid September, 1954
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Performance took place at La Fenice.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:01:48 +0100