Harrison-Maretzek Italian Opera: Don Giovanni

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Pike's Opera House

Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison

Max Maretzek

Price: $1.50 reserved; $1; $10 boxes

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Last Updated:
9 August 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

13 Mar 1868, Evening

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:  Harrison-Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Don Giovanni);  Euphrosyne Parepa (role: Donna Anna);  Minnie Hauk (role: Zerlina);  Giorgio Ronconi (role: Leporello);  Antoinette Ronconi (role: Donna Elvira);  Emilio [tenor] Pancani (role: Don Ottavio);  Amati Dubreuil (role: Masetto);  Ettore Barili (role: Comendatore)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 March 1868.
Announcement: New York Post, 13 March 1868, 12.

“A good performance of ‘Don Giovanni’ is a delight to be long remembered, and the performance last night was certainly more than a good one; as a whole it was excellent, and in some of its principal parts it was nearly perfect.  Madame Rosa was the Donna Anna. She hardly produced such a vivid impression as she did by her Leonora on Wednesday, but nobody could have sung the part better, and the letter aria which she restored to the second act was one of those superb pieces of vocalism which she only can give us. Miss Ronconi’s Elvira was weak. Miss Hauck, as Zerlina, achieved a very marked and well-deserved success. We have rarely seen her more sprightly and charming than in this delightful part, and rarely heard her pure voice and correct style with more pleasure. The La ci darem duet with Bellini was encored, and the audience seemed disposed to require a repetition of everything she sang. Pancani was the Don Ottavio. The music is not entirely suitable for a robust tenor, and his voice was not in perfect order; but in several scenes, and particularly in the Il mio Tesoro, he was excellent. Of Bellini’s Don Giovanni we have only to say that it was quite equal to his usual high standard, and his acting in the last scene was particularly good. Ronconi’s Leporello is famous and funny; but we cannot like it. He appears as a vulgar buffoon, ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of a laugh. In the impressive last act, when the tragedy culminates in the awful apparition of the statue of the Commendatore, the spectacle of the clownish servant hiding victims under the table and distracted now by terror and now by gluttony, was so incongruous as to be painful. When a great artist so lowers himself, the vulgar may laugh, but the judicious grieve.”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 13 March 1868.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 13 March 1868, 8.
Review: New York Herald, 14 March 1868.

“PIKE’S OPERA HOUSE.—Mozart’s chef d’oeuvre, ‘Don Giovanni’ was given last night (which by the way, is the last night of the present brilliant season) before an immense audience. It is something singular and also gratifying to Messrs. Pike and Harrison that nearly every audience during the season has been an unprecedentedly large one. The opera was magnificently sung last night [list of solo cast members] and in the rest of the cast, the chorus and orchestra there was not a defect that the most captious might take offence at.”