Grau French Opera Bouffe: Fleur-de-Thé

Event Information

French Theatre

Proprietor / Lessee:
Jacob Grau

Manager / Director:
Jacob Grau

Price: $.30, Family Circle

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Record Information


Last Updated:
1 March 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Feb 1869, Evening
09 Feb 1869, Evening
10 Feb 1869, Evening
11 Feb 1869, Evening
12 Feb 1869, Evening
13 Feb 1869, Matinee
13 Feb 1869, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Fleur de the
Composer(s): Lecocq
Participants:  Grau French Opera Bouffe Company;  Julien Carrier (role: Eustache Pinsonnet, the cook);  [bass] Beckers (role: Tien-Tien, a mandarin, chief of the police in Pekin);  Émile [tenor] Petit (role: Kaolin, Captain of the Tigers);  Marie Desclauzas (role: Césarine);  Mlle. [singer] Rizarelli (role: Fleur de Thé);  Rose Bell (role: Césarine)


Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 07 February 1869.
Announcement: New-York Times, 08 February 1869, 5.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 February 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 12 February 1869.
Announcement: New-York Times, 12 February 1869, 8.
Review: New York Herald, 14 February 1869, 7.

“Saturday night is the best in the week for this theatre in regard to the audience, therefore there was a pretty full house last evening.  ‘Fleur de The’ has wonderfully improved since its first representation, and it would be difficult to match it now in completeness of cast, mise en scene, chorus and action.  Madame Rose-Bell appeared for the first time in the rôle of Césarine in place of Mlle. Desclauzas.  She was in splendid voice and acted with her accustomed vivacity, but decidedly failed to come up to the standard of her predecessor in the same rôle.  There was a winning grace and archness about Descualzas which made her deservedly popular as the jealous wife of Pinsonnet.  Rose-Bell takes a different and perhaps truer interpretation of the character, making it that of an unmitigated termagant.  However this may be in accordance with the rôle, it is scarcely as attractive as the grace, piquancy and lightsome vivacity of Desclauzas.  Another very interesting feature was a new Chinese ballet, introduced in the second act in place of the dreary, foolish one of the first night.  The music, composed by Mr. Stoepel, is characteristic and excellent.  The dashing finale, in which the praises of Cliquot are sung in strains as sparkling as itself, is still the most popular feature in the opera.”

Review: New York Clipper, 20 February 1869, 366, 2d col., bottom.

“Bad Business at the French Theatre compels manager Grau to change his programme, his last production of ‘Fleur de Thé,’ having failed to attract remunerative audiences. Rosa Bell, who has been on the sick list for some time, made her rentree on the 13th, as Cesarine, in ‘Fleur de The.’”