Richings English Opera Company: Martha

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Auguste Predigam

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Record Information


Last Updated:
15 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Mar 1867, Evening

Program Details

Benefit for Sherwood C. Campbell

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond; Martha, or The Market at Richmond
Composer(s): Flotow
Text Author: Friedrich
Participants:  Richings English Opera Company;  Zelda Harrison;  Edward S. C. Seguin (role: Sir Tristan Mickleford);  Henry C. Peakes;  William Castle (role: Plumkett);  Sherwood C. Campbell (role: Lyonel);  Caroline Richings (role: Lady Harriet Durham)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 March 1867.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 22 March 1867, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 23 March 1867.

“Musical. The anxiety manifested by the music loving portion of the public to witness Flotow’s Martha performed by the Richings troupe, and the claim that the acknowledged merit of Mr. S. C. Campbell has on all lovers of English opera, drew together last night at the Olympic theatre a brilliantly fashionable and critical audience that filled to overflowing every compartment of the theatre. With a cast including Miss Richings and Mrs. Seguin, together with Messrs. Campbell, Castle, Seguin and Peakes, and the well known efficiency of the chorus and orchestra under Mr. Predigrim, the performance was a success. The part of Lady Harris may be reckoned as one of the most attractive of Miss Richings’ numerous roles, and the music throughout was sung in admirable style.Messrs. Campbell and Castle sustained their respective roles of Lionel and Plunket with spirited effect, and Mr. Seguin was an excellent representative of Lord Tristram. Repeated and enthusiastic applause rewarded their efforts.”

Review: New York Clipper, 30 March 1867, 406.

Brief mention that Martha was performed, and that it was for Campbell.  “With the exception of Friday, when the house was very crowded, the attendance was very good, but not what it should have been.”