Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1957

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 148-149:

He was convinced, and he convinced us, that if you play exactly as the composer has indicated you cannot go wrong and yet, in spite of this exact observation of Puccini's markings in "Madame Butterfly", he managed to avoid the usual feeling of constant stops and starts which arises from the rather awkwardly written short phrases. He kept the music seamless and flowing, creating the only wholly satisfactory performances of this opera that I have ever heard. He had to highly-acclaimed Butterflies, Amy Shuard and Victoria de los Angeles but for some unknown reasons was not en rapport with the …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 148-149. accessed: 16 June, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
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Madame Butterfly
written by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Amy Shuard, Covent Garden Opera Company, Rudolf Kempe, Victoria de los √Āngeles

Experience Information

Date/Time 1957
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:26:50 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:13:25 +0000