Academy of Music
Manager / Director:
Frederick [manager] Rullman
30 August 2017
Part of a larger, general article on opera.
“For the moment opera seems to be dead. The Combination company which played twice last week at the Academy of Music, and gave a matinée on Saturday at the same establishment, received no sort of encouragement. Perhaps, being based on a mistake, it deserved none. If there be a lesson which has been taught over and over again to managers it is that a success or a failure cannot be repeated. Without waiting to inquire whether the artists of the Combination were, or were not, good—and we incline strongly to the belief that they were good—it may be said that the public, without a salient novelty as a new inducement, had had enough of them. Hence the wretched houses which we have barely ventured to record. It is only proper, however, to add that the performances, under the direction of Mr. Carl Bergmann, were careful and artistic.”