Brignoli Italian Opera: Il trovatore

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Last Updated:
16 July 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 May 1870, Matinee

Program Details

Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix was initially announced; unclear when or why it was changed to Trovatore.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Troubadour
Composer(s): Verdi
Text Author: Cammarano
Participants:  Brignoli Italian Opera Company;  Pasquale Brignoli;  Clara Louise Kellogg (role: Leonora);  G. [basso] Fossati (role: Fernando);  Frida de Gebele (role: Azucena);  [baritone] Petrelli (role: Count di Luna);  Francesco [tenor] Filippi (role: Manrico)


Advertisement: New-York Times, 25 May 1870, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 May 1870, 12.

Advertises Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix.

Review: New York Herald, 28 May 1870, 7.

“The Brignoli Italian Opera Company bade farewell to the New York public yesterday afternoon before a large and fashionable audience. The opera was ‘Trovatore,’ Fillippe taking the title rôle. He surpassed his previous efforts to such an extent that he made an unexceptionable Manrico. But the great feature of the performance was the Leonora of Miss Kellogg. She threw soul, fire and dramatic energy into the rôle, and her superb, sympathetic, well-trained soprano voice rang forth giving emphasis and effect to every scene in the opera. Mlle. Gebele far surpassed her predecessor in the rôle of the Gypsy. She acted it charmingly, and her voice was in perfect order. Petrilli made an excellent Di Luna and left nothing to be desired in his interpretation of the part. Fossati did full justice to the small part of Fernando.”

Review: New-York Times, 29 May 1870, 4.

“The Italian Opera has been brought to a close this week by the performance of ‘Il Poliuto’ and ‘Il [sic] Ballo in Maschera,’ on Monday and Tuesday, and by a final representation of ‘Il Trovatore’ for the matinee of yesterday. The brief experiment has been highly satisfactory in pecuniary results and fairly so in artistic ones.”

Review: New York Clipper, 04 June 1870, 70.

“At the Saturday matinee ‘Il Trovatore’ was performed, instead of ‘Linda di Chamounix,’ as had been announced. The attendance was limited, and the waits protracted and frequent, making their [the Brignoli Troupe] appearance dreary and unpleasant.”