French Opera: La Périchole

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:
18 October 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Jun 1869, Evening

Program Details

As per the New York Herald, “During the evening Mlle. Morlacchi, the celebrated Premiers Danseuse, will give a grand ballet divertissement, assisted by Mlles. Letti, Mazzeri, Duchaleau and Evers.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Perichole
Composer(s): Offenbach
Text Author: Halévy, Meilhac
Participants:  Morlacchi Ballet Troupe;  French Opera Company;  Irma Marié (role: La Périchole);  [tenor] Aujac (role: Piquillo)


Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 June 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 07 June 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 07 June 1869.

“At the Fifth Avenue Theatre Irma will sing to-night in ‘Barbe Bleue,’ and Tuesday night in ‘Perichole.’ On Wednesday the Irma-Aujac troupe will give a ‘Perichole’ matinée in Brooklyn. The reign of this band of operatic artists will also soon be over. It is stated that Mr. Augustine Daly, the dramatist, has engaged the Fifth Avenue Theatre for the fall season, to give a series of light dramatic entertainments. It would seem from all this that opera bouffe will soon be in this city completely a thing of the past. The semi-nude spectacular burlesque which is just now so flourishing could be much more easily spared.”

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 07 June 1869.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 June 1869, 12.
Announcement: New-York Times, 08 June 1869, 5.

“‘The Hermit’s Bell’ no longer sounds at this establishment, the management having fallen back upon two of the most popular operas in the repertory of Mr. Fisk’s company—‘Barbe Bleue’ and ‘La Périchole’—which are to be repeated alternatively every evening this week.”

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 June 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 08 June 1869.

“At the matinée on Saturday ‘Perichole’ met the usual success; and it will be played again to-night at the French Theatre, with the Morlacchi troupe in the ballet. When opera bouffe in New York becomes only a tradition of past fashion, ‘La Perichole’ will be remembered as one of the operas that justified the great popularity of the system.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 12 June 1869, 78.

“Opera Bouffe retains possession of the boards of the Fifth Avenue Theatre, with Irma and Aujac in the leading rôles. The operas to be presented this week consist of ‘Barbe Bleue’ and ‘Perichole.’”