Academy of Music
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Price: $1.50 balcony reserved; $1; $.50 family circle; $8 private loges
27 September 2019
“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.”