Maretzek Italian Opera: Don Giovanni

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Academy of Music

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Max Maretzek

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Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Nov 1863, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Giuseppe Tamaro (role: Don Ottavio);  Wilhelm [baritone] Müller (role: Commendatore);  Amalia Patti Strakosch (role: Donna Elvira);  Domenico Coletti (role: Masetto);  Clara Louise Kellogg (role: Zerlina);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Don Giovanni);  Giuseppina Medori (role: Donna Anna);  Hannibal Biachi (role: Leporello)
aka Dissoluto punito, Il; ossia Il Don Giovanni Libertine Punished, The; or Don Giovanni
Composer(s): Mozart
Text Author: da Ponte


Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 November 1863.

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 22 November 1863.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 November 1863.

Announcement: New-York Times, 23 November 1863, 4.

“Does the public thoroughly understand that after Saturday next, we are to have no more Italian opera until the Spring?  The final performances will be unusually interesting.  To-night we are to have ‘Don Giovanni’ for the second and last time.  This announcement will suffice to fill the house to its greatest capacity.  Whether it be love of Mozart or greed for a work in which three prima donnas appear that leads to this result, we shall not stop to inquire; the fact remains that ‘Don Giovanni’ always ‘draws.’”

Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 23 November 1863.

“Mozart’s sublime opera attracted a huge crowd, rarely seen at the opera. It is expected that tonight that will happen again.”

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 23 November 1863.

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 24 November 1863, 8.

Sold out event.  The performance was just as good as the previous one.  Several numbers were requested ‘da capo.’

: Courrier des États-Unis, 24 November 1863.


    “The success that welcomed Don Giovanni on Friday didn’t belie itself yesterday evening. The evening’s honors were for MM. Biachi and Bellini, and Mmes Medori and Kellogg. The first is an excellent Leporello, although one could reproach him for coming on a bit too strongly; the second, who lacked a bit of gracefulness at the first performance, made up for it yesterday. He, with Mlle Kellogg, sang the delightful duet La ci darem la mano perfectly, as well as the serenade in the second act. Mlle Kellogg was created and put on this earth to play Zerlina and similar roles. Her voice entreats great dramatic effects in vain, but she excels in arias that require gracefulness and freshness. Mme Medori showed herself to be what she always is, a brilliant artist.”