Maretzek Italian Opera: L’Africaine

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

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Record Information


Last Updated:
12 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 20 April 1867.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 21 April 1867, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 22 April 1867, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 22 April 1867, 4.
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 24 April 1867, 4.

“The Star of the North, the African, and Faust, three of the largest of modern operas, have been the most recent reproductions at the Academy. The first has more character, and the second more ideality than any of Meyerbeer’s works; and the third, the universally popular Faust, is a grand and lovely legend, quite as attractive as any modern stage-work. But they have been praised a hundred times, and as many times has their performance passed in review. The Academy representations present us no new features censurable or laudable…The Alfrican retains Mlle. Ortolani’s clear and correct giving of the romance of Inez, and Mazzoleni’s fervid expression of “O Selika”—among the very best things we hear from this sometimes blameworthy tenor.” 

Review: New York Musical Gazette, June 1867, 60.

“One of the last of the Operas given was ‘The Star of the North’ at the matinee, April 22nd, and never was its performance more interesting.  Miss Kellogg, Miss Hauck, Signors Baragli and Bellini, formed a strong cast.  Miss Kellogg, as Catherine, was, as usual, delightful, and Miss Hauck’s performance enthusiastically received.  Her voice in quality is surprisingly like Miss Kellogg’s and a brilliant career is prophesied for her.”