La Grange-Brignoli Italian Opera: Norma

Event Information

Pike's Opera House

Manager / Director:
Max Strakosch

Giuseppe Nicolao [cond.]

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Record Information


Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Feb 1868, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Bellini
Text Author: Romani


Advertisement: New York Herald, 02 February 1868.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 02 February 1868, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 03 February 1868, 8.
Announcement: New York Post, 04 February 1868.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 04 February 1868.
Announcement: New-York Times, 05 February 1868, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 06 February 1868, 4.

“Amusements. Pike’s Opera House.—‘Norma.—In spite of the inclement weather last night a fair sized audience attended the second representation of ‘Norma.’ It will take long before the public tire of Bellini’s fine work, and when Wagner and his crazy contemporaries are forgotten, ‘Norma’ will still be favorably received. There is a grandeur and simplicity about every number, both in melody chorus, recitation and orchestration, which must ever recommend the opera to lovers of music. As the high-spirited, loving, deceived and self-sacrificing priestess, Madame La Grange may safely challenge competition. There is one quality about her singing that distinguishes her above many and perhaps all other artists of the present day. It is her perfect correctness in everything she sings even the most brilliant and difficult of the extravagances of Italian opera. What other prime donne struggle with as if they were undergoing the tortures of strangulation is accomplished by her with an ease and quiet grace that are charming. Herein is shown the thorough artist, and this quality makes a Grisi and a La Grange ever acceptable. Miss McCulloch’s fresh young voice was heard to advantage in the rôle of Adalgisa, and when her voice acquires the dramatic, pliable tone necessary for opera we can send her over to Europe to win the same success that her predecessors from this country have acquired. She is yet young in opera, but decidedly promising.”