French Opera: Barbe-bleue

Event Information

Fifth Avenue Theatre (1867-73)

Proprietor / Lessee:
James, Jr. Fisk

Manager / Director:
L. [bass, manager] Benedick

E. [conductor, violinist] Colonne

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
30 September 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 May 1869, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Blue Beard; Bluebeard
Composer(s): Offenbach
Text Author: Halévy, Meilhac


Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 May 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 24 May 1869, 7.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 25 May 1869.
Announcement: New-York Times, 27 May 1869, 4.

“The performances of the French opera company, at the Fifth-avenue Theatre [sic], are drawing to a close. Mlle. Tostee, the most characteristic artist of the troupe, without whose personal gifts, and, no doubt, without whose personal audacities, no real success would ever have been attained, will appear but three times more in this country. Her admirers will take advantage of this announcement to assure her that her popularity remains undiminished to the end. She repeats to-night her personation of Boulotte, in ‘Barbe-Bleue,’ which, as any observer of the different styles of the two ladies might have supposed, is a far more humorous piece of acting than that of Mlle. Irma, and is manifestly inferior as a vocal performance. The representations of ‘Les Dragons de Villars’ continue, and, although the cast has been weakened in an important particular, are still well received with many demonstartions of pleasure.”