An opera review from the Daily Telegraph of 21 May 1914:
Maybe in the future we should expect Intermezzo listing "the great and the good" that she spots in the audience at the end of one of her reviews...
21 May 2014 at 05:07 PM
I'm sometimes tempted to do that with the free lunchtime concerts at the Four Seasons Centre though my definition of great and good is rather different. There's something cool about seeing, say, Alan Held, sitting on the bleachers in the middle of the crowd or, as on one occasion, Adrienne Pieczonka, in sweats, in the standing room section.
21 May 2014 at 05:41 PM
I wonder if this was written by Deems Taylor. It has his kind of insouciance.
21 May 2014 at 06:00 PM
Love how the dignitaries are listed in the order of precedence. Lady Violet would approve.
21 May 2014 at 09:43 PM
Nice to see an earlier Earl of Harewood listed in the audience. And an 8.30 start - obviously nobody needed to dash for a last train from Charing Cross and there was no MU overtime.
21 May 2014 at 11:07 PM
A lovely idea, well done!
21 May 2014 at 11:12 PM
so lovely to read .... and mostly about the voices, not staging ... and ,of course , madame Melba at the top of the cast ... English was blessed by Down Under twice with coloratura singing - Nellie Melba and Joan Sutherland ( and Kiri as a lyric soprano to boot ;)
21 May 2014 at 11:24 PM
You can actually hear the countdown clock to the start of World War One ticking deafeningly underneath all the lard and laudation.....
22 May 2014 at 01:06 AM
No mention of whether she had or had not the physique du rôle?
jurgen Werther7 |
22 May 2014 at 01:35 PM
Does anyone know when the practice of listing notables in the audience died out?
22 May 2014 at 06:14 PM
This is not just looking at a different time artistically, but at a very different world. This world was shattered scarcely a month later; Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, and the war followed quickly thereafter.
Maria Feodorovna (empress consort, mentioned in this article) was the mother of Nicholas Romanov II of Russia.
22 May 2014 at 10:33 PM
When the notables died out, apparently.
22 May 2014 at 10:35 PM
It hasn't, but the tone is rather different now.
23 May 2014 at 10:13 AM
I tried to include a link with my comment to illustrate what I mean. Second time lucky?
23 May 2014 at 01:19 PM
Apparently not. I give up now. I was trying to link to the sneering press coverage of when Osborne, Gove and Vaizey went to see the Ring at the ROH.
23 May 2014 at 11:01 PM
In 1914, Maria Feodorovna - former Princess Dagmar of Denmark and sister of the then Queen Mother, Alexandra - was Dowager Empress of Russia, to be precise. Alexandra Feodorovna was the Empress Consort in 1914.
Nikolaus Vogel |
24 May 2014 at 01:23 AM
I myself want to know if Captain Molyneux and the Hon. Venetia were on friendly terms.
24 May 2014 at 01:58 AM
Well, the Earl of Harewood was presumably on friendly terms with his future daughter-in-law, the Princess Royal.
Nikolaus Vogel |
25 May 2014 at 09:25 PM
It still goes on in Austria when "Prominenten" visit the Salzburg Festival. They may not be mentiomed in the review, but the news pages are full of their pix.
Nikolaus Vogel |
25 May 2014 at 09:27 PM
Was this what you had in mind?
26 May 2014 at 07:17 AM
Really - from an opera review?
If that's right, I shudder to think what the comments on this blog tell us.
27 May 2014 at 10:08 AM
To be precise, the Princess Royal mentioned in this review was Louise, (Dowager) Duchess of Fife, eldest daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; Princess Maud of Fife was her daughter. Mary, Countess of Harewood only became Princess Royal after her aunt Louise's death in 1931 (I don't know if she knew the Harewoods well enough to be on any kind of terms with them in 1914 - her marriage was something like 8 years later).
Also, the wording regarding the royal presence is rather amusing. 'They were present at the Royal Opera and witnessed the performance' makes it sound like they were witnesses to a crime rather than members of an audience. Perhaps they didn't much enjoy it?
27 May 2014 at 01:18 PM
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