Bateman French Opera: Barbe-bleue

Event Information

Pike's Opera House

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

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
16 June 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
24 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
25 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
26 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
27 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
28 Nov 1868, 1:00 PM
28 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Saturday matinee prices are $1 for all parts of the house, except boxes.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Blue Beard; Bluebeard
Composer(s): Offenbach
Text Author: Halévy, Meilhac
Participants:  Irma Marié (role: Boulotte);  Josephine [dancer] De Rosa;  [tenor] Aujac (role: Blue Beard)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 November 1868.
Review: New York Herald, 23 November 1868, 4.

“‘Barbe Blue,’ the irrepressible, remorseless and felicitous connubial villain, who has as many airs in his throat as hairs on his chin, is in the second week of successful career at Pike’s or The Grand Opera House, we don’t know which. However, as both appellations point directly to the marble structure on the corner of Eighth avenue and Twenty-third street he can easily be found, and as he is a vocal as well as an exceedingly merry scamp he will unquestionably be able to entertain all those who will favor him with a call. The ballet, with De Rosa as the premiere danseuse, supported by her fleet-footed sisters with their red scarfs, is only one of the many attractions which this sparkling opera possesses. It is a notable fact that the oftener one hears the music in ‘Barbe Bleue’ the more certain he is to adopt the tactics of little Oliver Twist and ask for ‘more.”

Announcement: New York Post, 23 November 1868.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 November 1868, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 23 November 1868.
Announcement: New York Post, 27 November 1868.
Announcement: New-York Times, 28 November 1868, 5.