Maretzek Italian Opera: Giuditta

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Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Jaime Nuno

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Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Nov 1863, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Judith
Composer(s): Peri
Text Author: Marcello
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Military band, unidentified;  Francesco Mazzoleni (role: Jonathas);  Hannibal Biachi (role: Eliakim);  Annie Milner (role: Arzael);  Wilhelm [Maretzek Italian Opera] Müller (role: Eliezer);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Holofernes);  Giuseppina Medori (role: Judith);  Henrietta Sulzer (role: Abrimina)


Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 12 November 1863.

Lucrezia Borgia presented “by general demand.”  Obviously a mistake; this opera was perf. on 11/20.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 November 1863.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 November 1863, 7.

“The universal approbation with which Peri’s grand Opera of ‘Judith’ was received at its first representation on Wednesday, and the unanimous request made by the public Press for its immediate repetition, have induced the director to present it on this occasion for the last time, as it has to be withdrawn to make room for other novelties. . . . With new and magnificent costumes, new scenery, appointments, military band, increased orchestra.”

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 13 November 1863.
Judith is announced.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 13 November 1863.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 November 1863, 1.
Cast included.
Announcement: New York Herald, 14 November 1863.

Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 14 November 1863.

Review: New York Herald, 16 November 1863, 1.
Brief mention.  “The performance was very successful, Mme. Medori, Mazzoleni and Bellini being much applauded.”
Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 16 November 1863, 8.

Begins with analysis of the music and historical background on the time the opera was composed.  The performance was excellent.  Mad. Medori was outstanding, as well as Bellini and Signor Mazzoleni.

Review: Musical Review and World, 21 November 1863, 280.

“‘Giudetta’ is the name of a ‘biblical opera,’ by Peri, which was performed twice, and, we hope, will soon find that rest, from which it should never have been disturbed.  An ordinary opera, by any of the followers of Verdi, is already bad enough, but a ‘biblical opera’ is decidedly worse.  The story of ‘Judith and Holofernes,’ put to test by the brass of a modern Italian composer, puts it in a considerably more hideous light than it enjoys already by itself.  The effect of a prima-donna swinging the head of a man, she has just cut off, in the air, may be very fine, but sustained by the music of Signor Peri, it is positively too fine to be enjoyed by us.  But, after all, we have to be thankful to be made acquainted with these modern Italian operas, for they make us understand why Verdi could become so popular.  We shall, here after, enjoy Verdi’s music much better.”