Richings English Opera: Operatic and English Ballad Concert: 1st

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison

George W. Colby
William G. Dietrich [cond.-pf-dir.]

Price: $1.50 reserved; $1

Event Type:

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
5 September 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

31 Jan 1868, Evening
01 Feb 1868, 1:00 PM

Program Details

As per the New York Herald review, the program also included unidentified selections by Handel, Ernst, Leache, Meyerbeer, Benedict, Wallace, Hauser, Lachner, Gabrisai [sic], Flotow, and Mendelssohn.

Pease performed on Saturday (02/01/68) only.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Flower song; Flower aria
Composer(s): Gounod
Participants:  Zelda Harrison
aka Vepres; Vespri siciliani; Sicilian vespers, The; Bolero; Siciliana; Sicilienne; Pity, beloved ladies; Merce dilette Amiche
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Caroline Richings
Composer(s): Liszt
Participants:  Carl Rosa
Composer(s): Rosa
Participants:  Carl Rosa


Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 January 1868.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 28 January 1868, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 29 January 1868, 4.

“The Richings opera troupe announce an operatic and ballad concert at Steinway Hall on Friday evening, when Miss Richings, Mrs. Seguin, Mr. Castle, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Bernard, Mr. Seguin, Mr. De Beyer, Mr. Carl Rosa, Mr. Caulfield, and Mr. Colby, will perform in a number of popular selections.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 30 January 1868, 4.


Announcement: New-York Times, 31 January 1868, 4.

“Mr. L. F. Harrison has arranged with the celebrated Richings opera Troupe to give a grand operatic and ballad concert to-night. The programme is selected from the most popular repertoires of the opera and the salon, and cannot fail, with such artists, to be agreeable and pleasing to the public. In addition to the vocal artists, Mr. Harrison has secured the services of Mr. Leopold de Meyer, who will play a new arrangement of the airs from ‘La Grande Duchesse,’ &c.; Mr. Carl Rosa, the elegy, by Liszt, and the episode from ‘Trovatore.’ Mr. Caulfield assists on the organ. This will be undoubtedly the largest and most popular concert—in its character—ever given in New-York. The artists of the Richings troupe are sufficient in themselves to draw a good house. They are Miss Caroline Richings, Mrs. E. Seguin, Mr. W. Castle, Mr. P. Bernard and Mr. S. C. Campbell. The same entertainment will be repeated on Saturday as a matinée, with the coöperation o. [sic] Mr. A.H. Pease.”

Review: New York Herald, 01 February 1868, 6.

“Steinway Hall.—The Richings opera troupe gave a concert at this hall last night before a slim audience. The artists were Miss Richings, Mrs. Seguin and Messrs. Castle, Carl Rosa, Seguin, Campbell, Leopold De Meyer, Caulfield, Dietrich and Colby. The programme was one of unrivalled excellence in the ballad line, comprising selections from Handel, Ernst,[Leache, De Meyer, Verdi, Meyerbeer, Benedict, Wallace, Hauser, Lachner, Clapison, Gabrisai [sic], Flotow and Mendelssohn. In a musical point of view the concert was an entire success.”

Review: New York Post, 01 February 1868.

“The concert given by the Riching’s opera company at Steinway Hall, was not so well attended as it should have been. Favorite operatic airs and concerted pieces were sung by Miss Richings, Mrs. Seguin, Mr. Wm. Castle and Mr. S. C. Campbell. Mr. De Meyer and Carl Rosa assisted.”

Review: New-York Times, 03 February 1868, 4.

“The grand operatic and English ballad concert by the RICHINGS troupe took place at Steinway Hall on Friday evening, and was repeated at the matinée on Saturday. The attendance was of the most discouraging character on both occasions. There no longer seems to be a rational taste for concert music, although it has always been claimed that there is a class which, as it does not visit the theatres and opera houses, from conscientious scruples, requires this kind of recreation. The moral class, it would seem, is particularly small just now. When the entire resources of an opera company, added to the attraction of first-class soloists like Leopold de Meyer and Carl Rosa, fail to draw a house, it may safely be concluded that business is bad. This particular branch of the musical business seems to have ‘wilted’ without any visible cause. Mme. Parepa-Rosa is the only singer who continues to attract the attention of the public; but she was unfortunately in ill health, and is not expected to sing for several weeks. The Richings’ concert on Friday was entirely popular in its character, and in some respects was good. Mrs. Seguin sang the Flower Song, from ‘Faust,’ with expression and sweetness. Messrs. Campbell and Castle were both respectable in their separate pieces. Miss Richings overtaxed her powers in the bolero from ‘Les Vespres Siciliennes,’ the lady is utterly indifferent to distinctness, to good intonation and to every other characteristic of an artist. These defects are more or less concealed on the stage, but in the concert-room they are painfully conspicuous and exceedingly disagreeable. They were not mollified by the accompanyist [sic], Mr. Deitrich [sic], who indulged in a perfect orgy on the piano. It became amusing when Mr. Bernard sang, for then it was apparent that each gentleman had determined to try which could ‘spread himself’ most. We are disposed to think that Mr. Bernard succeeded, but Mr. Deitrich [sic] was not far behind. It is a pity to hear a pure tenor voice so lamentably maltreated. Mr. E. Seguin is not a concert singer, and least of all is he likely to excel in the ordinary sort of romanza and Clapisson's was a very ordinary sort. The principal interest of the concert depended on Mr. Leopold de Meyer, who played a couple of his well-known pieces in his usual and effective way, He has made some additions to the ‘Grand Duchess’ fantasie, and it is now a very capital arrangement. The melodies in that opera, which from their lightness do not admit of serious treatment. Mr. Carl Rosa played with his usual delicacy and taste. Mr. Caulfield presided at the organ, and Mr. Colby at the piano.”

Review: New York Clipper, 08 February 1868, 350.

“The Richings English Opera Troupe gave a selection of music at Steinway Hall on Jan. 31st. The programme included selections from Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn, Wallace, Flotow and other popular composers. Miss Richings, Mrs. Seguin, S. C. Campbell and W. Castle were enthusiastically welcomed, and their singing heartily applauded.”