Academy of Music
Manager / Director:
29 August 2018
“The grand matinee for Saturday next surpasses in attraction any as yet given by the Maretzek troupe. The whole of ‘Linda di Chamounix’ and the second act of ‘Masaniello’ will be sung.”
“[E]xtraordinary efforts have been made to render [the matinee] one of the most attractive ever given. . . . If the weather is at all respectable, there will undoubtedly be one of the most fashionable and brilliant audiences of the season. The ladies only want such an opportunity to flash their Spring bonnets on an astonished and somewhat incommoded public.”
“Spite of the terrible weather yesterday morning, the Academy of Music was crowded by a most fashionable audience. The attractions offered by the management were great, being the whole of the opera of ‘Linda,’ and the second act of Auber’s ‘Massaniello.’ We have so recently reviewed ‘Linda’ we will not attempt here any description of the opera. Mme. Medori is, we deem it, not exactly the type of the village maiden. Still she sang with great success, especially so in the second act, where she had an opportunity to display her great dramatic power. Mlle. Sulzer was a pleasing Pierotto. She sang and acted the role most satisfactorily. Signors Minetti, Bellini and Biachi were equally successful. We have before spoken in terms of praise of their performance of this opera.
Mazzoleni and Biachi gave the duo in the second act of ‘Massaniello’ with immense effect. It was loudly applauded—a thing unusual at matinees, where but few of the sterner sex are to be found. The ladies are not supposed to be sufficiently demonstrative to bestow loud applause upon the efforts of the artists.”
[Comment: A statement by Maretzek on the premiere of Ione follows. See 04/06/63, Maretzek Italian Opera: American Premiere of Jone.]