Pike's Opera House
Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
29 June 2017
Incorrectly announced for the next day.
“‘The Carnival of Venice’ was performed last night at Pike’s Opera House in a very satisfactory manner. The opera itself one of the most enjoyable of modern compositions of its class. The interest is maintained throughout, and depends more on the well-sustained humor of the work than on any special or exceptional brilliancies. The performance last evening was worthy of the frequent marks of commendation it received. Miss Hauck excelled herself, and showed a vivacity and archness of humor for which we had not given her credit. As was the case when the opera was first brought out here at the Academy, the chief interest was in the splendid acting of Bellini and Ronconi, who were last night in their best condition.”
“Petrella's opera of the ‘Carnival of Venice’ was given here last evening. It is one of the most charming works ever presented to our public. The music flows naturally, and with an abundant supply of melody. Indeed, where the voices do not supply this requisite—owing to the exigencies of recitative or statement—the orchestra takes its place. Some of the most delightful passages are those which underlie the voices. It has another merit; it does not imitate Rossini, whose comic genius has leavened the dough of almost every other composer. The fun of the piece is abundant, and it is conducted in any easy, natural way. Of those who sang last night Signor Ronconi made the most of the fun. He was inimitably droll. The three lady parts were sustained by Miss Minnie Hauck, Signora Ronconi; and Mme. Natalie Testa [sic]. They were all good. Signor Bellini was excellent as Magio. His magnificent voice gave more importance to the music than it deserved—although it deserved much. In Europe it would be a great thing to have such a singer in such a part. Signor Testa and Signors Barili and Bacelli were also efficient. The opera indeed was given with great spirit, and thoroughly satisfied the audience. It was put upon the stage in admirable style, both as regards costumes and scenery.”