Maretzek Italian Opera: Don Giovanni

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

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Record Information


Last Updated:
19 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Oct 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Dissoluto punito, Il; ossia Il Don Giovanni Libertine Punished, The; or Don Giovanni
Composer(s): Mozart
Text Author: da Ponte
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Minnie Hauk;  Giorgio Ronconi (role: Leporello);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Don Giovanni);  Euphrosyne Parepa (role: Donna Anna)


Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 October 1867, 7.

Don Bucefalo scheduled.

Announcement: New York Herald, 21 October 1867, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 October 1867, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 22 October 1867, 5.

“A very admirable performance of ‘Don Giovanni’ was given by Mr. MARETZEK’S artists last evening, with that cast which gave life and interest to the work upon the opening night of the season. Mme. PAREPA-ROSA, who is always in sympathy with her character and her audience, if there be depths to be stirred and spiritual emotion to be expressed, makes, it may be needless to repeat, one of the best of Donna Anna’s. In the usually omitted aria of the second act, which Mme. ROSA restores, she was heard with universally-admitted satisfaction. Miss HAUCK gave charming force to the ‘La ci darem’ air, and her rustic wheedlings in ‘Batti, batti’ are well devised. RONCONI’S Leporello is a Leporello of defiant wickedness, and exerted that fascination which defiant wickedness somehow or other generally does. Signor BELLINI’S Don has been too often praised to deserve another word; the choruses were spirited; in fact, the entire representation was a worthy one, and as such deserved a larger audience and livelier interest than it appeared to excite.”