Memorial Concert for the Benefit of the Widow and Family of the Late Mariano Manzocchi

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Max Maretzek

Price: $2

Record Information


Last Updated:
19 September 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Feb 1870, Evening

Program Details

Manzocchi was a celebrated voice teacher in New York. Ronconi was also listed as a performer at the Young Men's Christian Association Hall the same evening; unclear whether he made both appearances.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Handel
Participants:  Anna Bishop
aka Reminiscences of Rigoletto; Fantasia Rigoletto; Rigoletto fantasie
Composer(s): Liszt


Announcement: New York Clipper, 22 January 1870, 334, col, 3.

Memorial concert for the benefit of Madame Manzocchi and her children.

Announcement: New-York Times, 06 February 1870, 4.

Postponed from the 8th until the 22d.

Announcement: New-York Times, 20 February 1870, 5.
Announcement: New York Herald, 21 February 1870, 9.
Review: New York Herald, 23 February 1870, 5.

“A very respectably filled house, larger than what one usually finds at concerts this season, greeted the widow and family of deceased maestro, Mariano Manzocchi, whose labors in the cause of music in this city have been of a very deserving character. The artists and the programme were alike attractive, but, to the shame of his fellow countrymen be it said, Manzocchi had but one Italian, Fossati, to pay respect to his memory. Madame Anna Bishop was the principal singer, and she rendered ‘Let the Bright Seraphim,’ with Levy’s cornet obligato, with rare effect and spirit. Miss Adelaide Manzocchi essayed the difficult piano solo of Liszt’s ‘Rigoletto,’ and the still more difficult duet on themes from ‘Der Freischutz,’ ‘Oberon’ and ‘Preciosa,’ according to Lysberg’s arrangement, with S. B. Mills, and succeeded admirably in both for an artist so young and inexperienced. The other artists, Morgan, Randolfi, & c, were unexceptionable. We were glad to find that the memorial was a pecuniary as well as artistic success. Few benefits are so.”

Review: New York Clipper, 05 March 1870, 382.

“A concert was given at Steinway Hall on the 22d of Feb., for the benefit of the Manzocchi family, at which Madame Anna Bishop and Messrs. E. Mollenhauer, Habelman and Whitley, a new organist, assisted. Miss Manzocchi also appeared and performed on the piano. The cream of the concert was Handel’s ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ by Madame Bishop, with trumpet cadenza, written for her by Bochsa, in which Levy took the trumpet part on the cornet.”