Maretzek Italian Opera: Faust

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Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Max Maretzek

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Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Mar 1864, Matinee

Program Details

Non-subscription performance.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Fanny Stockton (role: Martha);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Valentin);  Henrietta Sulzer (role: Seibel);  Francesco Mazzoleni (role: Faust);  Hannibal Biachi (role: Mephistopheles);  Marie Frederici (role: Margherita);  Wilhelm [baritone] Müller (role: Wagner)
Composer(s): Gounod
Text Author: Barbier, Carré


Announcement: New York Post, 29 February 1864.

Announcement: New-York Times, 29 February 1864, 5.

Announcement: New York Herald, 02 March 1864.

Announcement: New-York Times, 02 March 1864, 4.

Announcement: New York Post, 03 March 1864.

Announcement: New York Post, 04 March 1864, 2.

Announcement: New-York Times, 04 March 1864, 4.
“[G]iven for the first time at a matinee.”
Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 04 March 1864.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 March 1864, 7.

Card.—Miss Kellogg not [illeg.] being able to sing, as will be seen from the annexed statement of her physician, MME. FREDERICI-HIMMER has, in the kindest manner, consented to appear in the part of Margherita at today’s Matinee.

To Max Maretzek, Esq.—

            Sir.—Miss Kellogg is recovering from her influenza, but it will not be safe for her to sing before Tuesday of next week.       J. F. GRAY, M. D.

New York, Friday, March 4, 1864.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 05 March 1864, 6.

“The rôle of Margherita will be sustained by Mlle. Frederici, formerly of the German opera. This change in the caste [sic] is rendered necessary by the continued indisposition of Miss Kellogg.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 March 1864, 7.


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 05 March 1864.

Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 05 March 1864.

Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 March 1864.

Includes a short note from Maretzek noting Miss Kellogg’s illness.

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 March 1864, 8.
Review: New York Post, 07 March 1864, 2.

Very brief mention. “[Faust] was sung at the Saturday matinee to the largest audience of the season, with the German singer Frederici as Marguerite.”

Review: New-York Times, 07 March 1864, 4.

“The ‘Faust’ Matinée on Saturday was an extraordinary success, and will help materially to cover the losses of some of the preceding evenings. Long before the time of opening the doors they were besieged by a dense crowd of ladies. When the opera commenced the house was filled, upstairs and down, to its greatest capacity. Many hundred fair ones had to turn from the scene of their anticipated pleasure and decline on inferior entertainments. Not even during the Piccolomini furore was there such an excitement. The performance was in all respects admirable. There was one change in the cast, necessitated by the continued indisposition of Miss Kellogg. Owing to this cause the rôle of Margherita had to be entrusted to Mlle. Frederici-Himmer, who sang it in German, and was quite successful. The music belongs properly to the mezzo-soprano voice, and is therefore easily within the range of the German prima donna’s powers. When Mr. Anschutz’s company gave ‘Faust’ we spoke favorably of Mlle. Frederici-Himmer’s impersonation of the heroine. It did not suffer by the excellent surroudings of Mr. Maretzek’s company.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 07 March 1864, 8.

“The matinee held on Saturday—the best attended of the entire season—was mainly interesting, because Mme Friderici-Himmer of the German Opera performed the ‘Gretchen’ in German, which is quite an accomplishment for an Italian singer. Although the strength and range of her voice exceeds Kellogg’s, Mme. Friderici-Himmer does not possess Kellogg’s sensitivity to details and nuances of playing this role. It was, however, a well-deserved success for Mme Friderici-Himmer.”

Review: Courrier des États-Unis, 07 March 1864.


    “The performance of the day given Saturday at the hall at Irving Place is one of the most beautiful ever seen in that theater. The receipts surpassed the highest figure ever attained there for a matinee. The audience was brilliant beyond description.

    The artists undertook to put themselves at the level of their hearers and Faust was sung admirably. Miss Kellogg, always indisposed, was replaced marvelously by Mme Frederici-Hemmer.”