Maretzek Italian Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Jaime Nuno

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

31 Mar 1863, Evening

Program Details

Maretzek Italian Opera
11th Night

Bellini ill; replaced by Ypolito.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Lucy of Lammermoor
Composer(s): Donizetti
Text Author: Cammarano
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Domenico Coletti (role: Raimondo Bidebent);  Antonietta Brignoli-Ortolani (role: Lucia);  Francesco Mazzoleni (role: Edgardo);  T. [Maretzek Italian Opera] Rubio (role: Lord Arturo Bucklaw);  Johanna Ficher (role: Alisa);  Francesco Ippolito (role: Enrico Ashton)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 March 1863, 7.
“Next week being Passion Week, the . . . Opera Nights will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 28 March 1863, 7.

Announcement: New York Herald, 30 March 1863.
No opera on Thursday and a grand sacred concert on Friday because it is Passion Week.  All the artists of the Maretzek Troupe will take part in the sacred concert.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 March 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Times, 30 March 1863, 8.
“[P]roduced for the first time this season.”
Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 30 March 1863.

Announcement: New York Herald, 31 March 1863, 4.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 31 March 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Times, 31 March 1863, 4.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 31 March 1863.

Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 31 March 1863.

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 31 March 1863.

Review: New-York Times, 01 April 1863, 8.

Academy of Music.—The combined influences of execrable weather and Passion Week had their effect, not only on the attendance of last night, but on the artists who were unfortunate enough to take part in the representation. ‘Lucia di Lammermoor,’ under the circumstances, was an exercise creditable alike to the company and the audience. Fortunately, Mlle. Ortalani-Brignoli was the least affected of the troupe, and as her rôle is the one of most importance, she was able in a measure to redeem the evening’s amusement. In the opening scena of the first act the lady was heard to great advantage, and obtained a merited salvo of applause. In the mad scene of the third act she was also excellent. Signor Mazzolini was hardly up to his usual standard, but was himself in the end. Signor Bellini was too unwell to appear as Ashton, and Signor Ypolito assumed his rôle, although laboring under a cold which the first-named gentleman could hardly have excelled. Under the unfortunate circumstances of the evening, it will be easily understood that the performance was not on a par with those that have preceded it.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 01 April 1863, 6.
“There was a diminished audience on account of the rain and storm; and the effect of the temperature was evident on the singers.  One of them, Signor Bellini, the barytone, was unable to appear, and he found a substitute in Signor Ippolito; who certainly represented in him in one sense, for the gentleman had a very bad cold also.  All this—unrehearsed stage effect—was unfavorable to the brilliancy of the evening.  Mlle. Ortolani-Brignoli was a charming Lucia, full of the gentleness and tenderness due to the character.  M. Mazzoleni is an admirable tenor; and moreover a vigorous declaimer, an intense actor, a histrion always alert and vivacious in the business of the score.  One of the points in which he is eminent is the finale to this opera.”
Review: New York Post, 01 April 1863, 3.
“The opera last night was literally ‘under the weather.’  Bellini was sick, and his substitute, Ippolito, was not much better.  Ortolani, however, sang the music of ‘Lucia’ with exquisite taste, appearing to greater advantage than in ‘Traviata,’ while Mazzoleni made one of the most effective Edgardo’s we have yet had.”
Announcement: Dwight's Journal of Music, 04 April 1863, 5.
Quoting the NYTr from 03/31/63.
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 18 April 1863, 15.
Just a mention that it was performed.