Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - at the end of 1951

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 138-139:

In December of 1951 came the first performance of Britten's naval opera "Billy Budd". It was originally supposed to have been conducted by Josef Krips of the Vienna State Opera but he withdrew at the last moment, saying that his poor eyesight (he wore thick pebble lenses) made it too difficult for him to learn the score. This seemed odd to me as Britten's manuscript was perfectly clear. Perhaps he did not care for the work although it is one of the composer's greatest. One can only speculate; anyway, Ben himself came to conduct and he certainly knew his job. He also had the ability, unusual in…   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 138-139. accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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Listening to

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'Billy Budd'
written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Benjamin Britten, Peter Gellhorn

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 28 May 2015 20:57:23 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:09:07 +0000