Carlotta Patti Concert

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
Max Strakosch

Max Maretzek

Price: $1; extra $.50 for reserved seat

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
28 November 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Oct 1869, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Carlotta Patti
Composer(s): Beregnani
Participants:  Carlotta Patti
Composer(s): Donizetti
Composer(s): Nicolai
Participants:  Joseph Hermanns
aka Duett, "Martha"
Composer(s): Flotow
Text Author: Friedrich
Participants:  Carlotta Patti;  Joseph Hermanns
Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Giorgio Ronconi


Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 October 1869, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 October 1869, 9.
Announcement: New-York Times, 17 October 1869, 5.
Announcement: New York Herald, 18 October 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 20 October 1869, 5.
Announcement: New York Post, 21 October 1869, 2.
Announcement: New-York Times, 21 October 1869, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 22 October 1869, 7.

“Patti, upon whom more favors have been heaped than perhaps any concert singer in this country—and that, too, with a just appreciation of her worth—appeared last night in her twenty-first concert. There was no abatement of the applause with which her exquisite management of a voice singularly pure, flexible and fresh, with which Heaven has gifted her, was received. Since she last sung here she has visited Boston, Providence and New Haven, and in each of these places her metropolitan and European reputation has received the graceful endorsement of as large audiences as the music halls and theatres could accommodate. It is to be regretted that her season in this city is drawing to a close. But there remain yet two more concerts on the manager’s programme, one this evening, and a matinee tomorrow, at Steinway Hall. On Monday night the farewell concert will take place at the Brooklyn Academy. After that we shall have to part with this delicious cantatrice for some time, as Mr. Strakosch takes her to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and thence to the West. No doubt she will be received on her protracted tour with the same fervid appreciation that marked her career in the Eastern cities. Indeed, she cannot fail to be welcomed with éclat, for it is many a year since so divine a song bird warbled in the concert halls of the great West. Recollections of Jenny Lind and Catherine Hayes will probably induce a comparison with the new diva; but we can promise that the comparison will not be to the disadvantage of Mlle. Patti.

“The concert last night was attended by a large and fashionable audience. The programme combined the cavatina from ‘Traviata;’ an exquisite Tarantella, composed expressly for Mlle. Patti by Beregnani, and the celebrated duet from ‘Linda’ by Patti and Habelmann. The instrumental portion was, as usual, finely sustained by Ritter, the pianist, and J. F. Prume, the violinist. The addition of Herr Herrmanns’ grand basso in the aria from “The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and the duet from ‘Martha” were fully appreciated. Ronconi, although suffering a little from a cold, did very well in the aria from ‘Cenerentola.’”

Review: New York Post, 22 October 1869, 2.

“The return to the city of Carlotta Patti was signalized by a very pleasant concert at Steinway Hall last night, which was attended by a large and fashionable audience. Miss Patti (charmingly dressed in pink) sang the Forse è lui, from ‘Traviata,’ and a Tarantella, besides taking part with Mr. Habelmann in the duet from ‘Linda.’ This last performance was one of the most delightful specimens of duet singing ever heard in a concert room. The two voices blended delightfully, Habelmann singing with peculiar taste and delicacy.

“The other numbers on the programme were interpreted by Ronconi, Habelmann, Hermanns, Prume, Ritter, and Maretzek’s orchestra.”

Advertisement: Dwight's Journal of Music, 23 October 1869, 127.

“New York. Oct. 18 “During the present week Mlle. Patti will give three concerts in this city. She will be assisted by Ritter, Prume, Habelmann, Hermanns (Basso) and Max Maretzek’s interesting orchestra.  The first series (of nine or ten concerts) was very successful, pecuniary, and there is no reason to doubt that the second series will be ditto, if not more so.”

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 06 November 1869, 133.

"New York. Oct 25.There have been three Patti concerts during the past week, which seem to have been quite as successful musically and pecuniarily as were the initial ones.  Mlle Patti executes her wonderful roulades and cadenzas with the same ease and grace.  Habelmann has not improved; Prume plays decidedly better than he did at the opening concert, and the orchestra unmistakably bad.  (It has also been reduced in size).  M. Ritter is an admirable artists, and his quiet, gentlemanly manner of playing is something quite stupefying to audiences hitherto accustomed to clap-trap displays and monkey tricks with the keys.  The Patti troupe starts for a very extended Western tour about Nov. 1st, and will probably visit Utah and California before returning to this city.”