Grand Combination Italian and English Opera: Lurline

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Price: $1.50 balcony reserved; $1; $.50 family circle; $8 private loges

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
27 September 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 May 1869, Evening

Program Details

Beginning with the opera’s American premiere on 05/13/69, to be sung in Italian and English on alternate nights. This performance in English.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Lorelei
Composer(s): Wallace
Text Author: Fitzball
Participants:  Grand Combination Italian and English Opera Company;  Domenico Lorini;  Domenico Orlandini (role: Rheinberg);  Isabella McCulloch (role: Lurline);  Annie Kemp (role: Ghiva);  Arthur Matthison;  Gustavus S. Hall (role: The Gnome)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 May 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 24 May 1869, 7.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 25 May 1869.

List cast and price.

Review: New York Post, 26 May 1869.

“The last English performance of Wallace’s ‘Lurline’ took place at the Academy of Music last night, and was in many respects the best of the series. Miss McCulloch sang with great taste, and with more fervor than usual, winning the usual encore in the aria, ‘Sweet Spirit, hear my prayer.’ It may, by the way, be observed here, that until the production of this opera this romanza had sold to the extent of sixty thousand copies; and now is selling at the rate of six to seven thousand copies a month. Other songs in ‘Lurline’ which have hitherto not sold at all, are now selling well. The production of the work has been a better thing for the publishers, Hall & Son, who own the music, than for the manager of the Academy.

‘Lurline’ will be given this evening in Italian, and this performance will close the present series. The double company now under the baton of Mr. Maretzek, will then be disbanded. The rumors about the opera of the future are as plentiful as they are vague and dubious; but in any event, we trust that in the fall, after the public shall have been for a while deprived of opera, they will have another opportunity of hearing ‘Lurline.’ The exquisite music of this work should not be allowed to rest in inglorious obscurity.”