Bateman French Opera: La Grande Duchess de Gérolstein

Event Information

Pike's Opera House

Proprietor / Lessee:
H. L. [impressario] Bateman

Manager / Director:
H. L. [impressario] Bateman

Price: $1.50 reserved; $1; $.50 family circle; $10 private boxes; $20 proscenium boxes

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Last Updated:
9 January 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
20 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
21 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
22 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
23 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
24 Oct 1868, 1:00 PM
24 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Offenbach
Text Author: Halévy, Meilhac
Participants:  Bateman French Opera Company;  Monsieur [tenor] Leduc (role: Prince Paul);  Aline [soprano] Lambelle (role: Wanda);  [tenor] Aujac (role: Fritz);  [tenor] Guidon (role: Nepomuc);  Louis [bass] Baron (role: Baron Grog);  Lucille [vocalist] Tostée (role: The Duchess);  Monsieur [baritone] Duchesne (role: General Boum);  Monsieur [tenor] Lagriffoul (role: Baron Puck)


Announcement: New York Herald, 12 September 1868, 4.

Part of long article previewing all fall season performances in the city.

“…Surely no one can complain of a dearth of opera of all shades and grades during the coming season…Bateman ant Pike’s opera House, giving French opera on a broader scale, as far as the questionable character of the dialogue and action is concerned.”

Announcement: New York Post, 17 October 1868, 2.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 October 1868.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 18 October 1868, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 19 October 1868, 2.
Announcement: New York Sun, 19 October 1868, 2.

“Pike’s Opera House. While the public are waiting for ‘Genevieve de Brabant’ at the French Theatre, they can console themselves with Tostié [sic] and the Duchess at Pike’s. It seems to us that this same Duchess has about run her course, and that the public will be glad to see her successor. Mr. Bateman has given promise of many excellent things; will he not bring some of them to pass?"

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 19 October 1868, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 20 October 1868, 2.
Announcement: New York Post, 23 October 1868, 2.
Review: New-York Times, 24 October 1868, 6.

“The only matinée of ‘La Grande Duchesse’ will take place here to-day. Mlle. Tostee’s success on the west side of the town has fully equaled that won by the lady at the French Theatre. Since the commencement of Mr. Bateman’s season the attendance has been uniformly good, and the performances have been given with a precision and perfection that leave nothing to be desired. The troupe was never in better working order, and Tostee is simply inimitable.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 25 October 1868, 4.
Review: New-York Times, 26 October 1868, 5.

“There was a fashionable and brilliant audience at Mr. Bateman’s matinee on Saturday, and another one in the evening. On both occasions La Grande Duchesse was given. The work was never in better running trim. It throws out sparks from sheer quickness. Mlle. Tostee sings and acts with inimitable skill and humor, and she is, of course, thoroughly well supported by the excellent company. La Grande Duchesse will be played until Saturday. On Monday La Belle Helene will be revived.”