Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - the 1950's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 130:

I was not normally involved in "Carmen" but Kleiber asked me to be available backstage for the second act when Don José is heard approaching, singing the difficult unaccompanied "Dragoon of Alcalà". He said that he knew from experience that tenors were apt to wander off key a trifle at this point and I was to keep close to Edgar Evans, playing the tune on the clarinet but very softly and an octave higher: apparently in this way it could not be heard in the front of the house. I do not know of any other conductor who did this, although it must have lessened the strain for the singer …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 130. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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'Dragoons of Alcala' from 'Carmen'
written by Georges Bizet
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, unnamed tenor, Erich Kleiber

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 28 May 2015 20:55:35 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:07:59 +0000