Grover German Opera: Die Juedin

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New-Yorker Stadt-Theater [45-47 Bowery- post-Sept 1864]

Adolph Neuendorff

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Last Updated:
21 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Mar 1867, Evening

Program Details

No mention of this performance in the New York Times.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Jewess; Juedin; Jüdin; Judin
Composer(s): Halévy
Text Author: Scribe
Participants:  Grover German Opera Company;  Johanna Rotter (role: Princess Eudoxia);  Bertha Johannsen (role: Recita);  Franz Himmer (role: Eleazar);  Wilhelm Groschel [tenor and conductor] (role: Prince Leopold);  Josef Chandon (role: Cardinal)


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 March 1867.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 March 1867, 8.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 March 1867, 1.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 08 March 1867, 8.
Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 09 March 1867, 8.

Yesterday’s performance was evidence of how much work and attention was given to the rehearsing of this difficult opera by the German opera ensemble and the conductor Neuendorff. We cannot remember to have ever seen a performance of this opera done so well; not by the Italians nor the former German company. Orchestra, chorus and soloists developed a rare confidence. Himmer sang and played the Eleazar, which is except for the Reha the most strenuous part of the entire opera, excellently. We do not mind the few parts in the score where his voice was not fully capable since it is only natural this happens with growing age and the wear and tear of performing. The prayer scene in the second act and the duet with Reha in the first act proved again that Himmer is a true vocal artist who knows how to skillfully conceal his organ’s weaknesses. Almost the same applies to Mrs. Johannsen. Chandon as Cardinal did noticeably well; every new performance shows that the young singer dedicates effort and eagerness to prepare for these big parts; meanwhile his level of strength is not quite there yet. Mme. Rotter presented the role of the princess with confidence and accuracy in singing and acting as usual. The stage scenery was sparce. The management should not save on stage design. The costume of the church priest was deplorable whereas that of Reha was inappropriately too ‘brilliant’.

The performance was completely booked.

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 10 March 1867, 4.

The performance was so popular that hundreds of people were unable to get tickets, even for standing room.

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 10 March 1867, 4.

Before the German opera company moved into the Stadttheater, it led a rather gypsy-style existence. It did not have a steady residence, because of the lack of large German audiences or consistency in attendance did not make it economically possible. Now the German opera has decided instead of waiting for the audience to come to them, they will go to the audience on the East side of New York. This is where most Germans reside who are also more likely to support the German opera more consistently.

The latest performances showed that the opera is directed with reason and energy and that all participants desire to contribute to the success with much effort.  However, the ensemble does need enlargement. A soubrette is missing just as well as a second prima donna to Johannsen. Johannsen’s vocal range is limited to the middle and lower parts. Also, Hermanns will need replacement. We did hear that the management has had talks with the bass Weinlich about a possible engagement. We are delighted about that.