Mrs. Britten et al. in Vienna - 24 November, 1934
Early dinner & we both go to the opera to see Strauss' incredible Salome. V. finely done, with a superb Salome - Hildegard Ranczak - who sang and acted in a first rate manner. The rest of the cast was good - with a few exceptions - & the orchestra played v. well under Hans Knappertsbusch, who isn't so bad when he can't be seen. Of course the idea & the music, are too thrilling & horrible for words. A great & epoch-making work.
John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 235. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438248146374 accessed: 5 December, 2021
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written by Richard Strauss
|performed by Hildegard Ranczak, Hans Knappertsbusch|
|Date/Time||24 November, 1934|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|