Patti Easter Operatic Festival: Die Zauberflöte

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Strakosch

Théodore Ritter

Price: Evening: $2 reserved; $1; $.50 family circle; $8, $10, $12, boxes. Matinee: $1.50 reserved; $1; $1 extra for boxes

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
21 March 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Apr 1870, 8:00 PM
27 Apr 1870, 8:00 PM
30 Apr 1870, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Strakosch was Patti’s both manager and the director of these performances.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Magic Flute; Zauberflote
Composer(s): Mozart
Text Author: Schikaneder
Participants:  Carlotta Patti (role: Queen of the Night);  Theodore Habelmann (role: Tamino);  Pauline Canissa (role: Pamina);  Sophie Dziuba (role: Papagena);  Joseph Hermanns (role: Sarastro);  Wilhelm Formes (role: Papageno);  A. [tenor] Wiegand (role: Monostatos)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 April 1870, 5.

Notes only that an extra performance will be given on Monday (04/25/70) “by request.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 April 1870, 12.

Advertises extra performances on Monday and Wednesday (04/27/70). A separate card notes an additional performance scheduled at the Brooklyn Academy on Thursday (04/28/70).

Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 April 1870, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 23 April 1870, 7.

“Miss Patti sings at a ‘Magic Flute’ matinee to-day. There will be another performance of the opera on Monday.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 24 April 1870, 4.

“Miss Patti, we are glad to see, is to take part in divers [sic] supplementary rehearsals of ‘Die Zauberfloete,’ the earliest in New-York occurring respectively on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The great success of these operatic soirées has proven pretty clearly that such speculations are not altogether unprofitable, and it may persuade Mr. Strakosch to bring Mlle. Nilsson before the foot-lights of the Academy, instead of under the lights of the concert-room, now that it can almost be affirmed that this distinguished artist is under engagement to visit this country in September next.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 25 April 1870, 6.

“The nightingale’s rival, Carlotta Patti, takes her leave of New York for a very lengthened period this week. She appears to-night and on Wednesday at the Academy of Music, and on Thursday in Brooklyn as the Queen of Night [sic] in the ‘Magic Flute.’”

Announcement: New-York Times, 25 April 1870, 4.


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 25 April 1870, 4.

“The success of the ‘Magic Flute’ is a phenomenon almost as remarkable as the voice of Miss Patti. People who don’t like the music and [illeg.] its German interpreters, crowd the seats, aisles, and vestibules of the Academy merely to hear the wonderful vocalist in her two arias as The Queen of the Night. She sings a great deal better in the concert-room, but fashion has taken a freak [? perhaps a typo for “break”] to hear her sing in opera, and fashion is not to be resisted. So the ‘Magic Flute’ will be given again to-night, and once more on Wednesday. [Note about other performances at the Academy]…and on Saturday Miss Patti will sing at a matinee. Thus we seem to have drifted into an Easter opera season without knowing it.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 April 1870, 13.

Multiple cards on the same page. First citations to note the addition to the schedule of the matinee performance on Saturday (04/30/70). Billed as the “Grand Gala Farewell Patti Magic Flute Matinee.” “This will be the final representation, as Miss Patti and Company appear in Philadelphia Monday, May 2.”

Review: New-York Times, 26 April 1870, 4.

Brief. “The performance of the opera of ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Academy of Music last evening, was largely attended. Wednesday evening the opera will be repeated in this City, and Thursday it wil be given in Brooklyn. [Here an announcement unrelated to these performances.] Saturday a matinée rendering of ‘The Magic Flute’ will terminate Mr. Strakosch’s brief and pleasant season.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 27 April 1870, 10.

“Carlotta Patti takes her final farewell of the New York public to-night and Saturday matinée in the opera of ‘The Magic Flute,’ and to-morrow night in Brooklyn.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 27 April 1870, 5.


Announcement: New York Sun, 27 April 1870, 3.

“This is to be the last evening performance of Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute.’ It will be long before we may reasonably hope to hear this lovely work so adequately performed. When Patti has gone, there will be no one left to sing the rôle of the Queen of Night [sic].”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 29 April 1870, 9.

Notes the opera is performed “in 4 acts.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 29 April 1870, 4.

Brief. “[P]ositively, the last time.”

Announcement: New York Post, 29 April 1870, 2.

"At the matinée performance to-morrow of the ‘Magic Flute’ will be the last opportunity offered to enjoy the privilege of hearing Miss Carlotta Patti in opera, as the engagement, though brief but unusually successful, will terminate with this representation.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 30 April 1870, 30.

“The ‘Magic Flute,’ with Carlotti [sic] Patti, is to be repeated at the Academy on the 25th and 27th. Reserved seats, two dollars each. ‘How’s that for high?’”