Maretzek Italian Opera: Don Giovanni

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Max Maretzek

Price: $1 to all parts of the house

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Record Information


Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

26 Dec 1863, 1:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

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


Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 December 1863.

Announcement: New York Post, 22 December 1863, 2.

Announcement: New York Post, 23 December 1863, 2.

Announcement: New York Post, 24 December 1863.
“This is the only matinee in which Medori will sing.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 24 December 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 24 December 1863.

Announcement: New York Post, 26 December 1863.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 26 December 1863, 7.

Announcement: New-York Times, 26 December 1863, 4.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 26 December 1863.

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 26 December 1863, 6.
Review: New York Herald, 28 December 1863.
“The matinee at the Academy of Music last Saturday was a great success. The house was overcrowded by ladies in rich toilettes de ville. The performance was in every respect most brilliant. We doubt whether the opera of Don Giovanni was every more completely rendered in this city than on this occasion. Mme. Medori, as Donna Anna, was much applauded. Miss Kellogg’s Zerlina was one of her most successful efforts. Her performance of this role has won well merited praise from the most critical. Last Saturday she fully vindicated her claim to all that has been previously said of her admirable singing as well as acting.
Signors Bellini and Biachi, as Don Giovanni and Leporello, sang and acted most effectively, and were much applauded. We should have stated above that Miss Stockton, as Donna Elvira, was very satisfactory.”
Review: New York Post, 28 December 1863, 2.

Brief review.  “The matinee on Saturday attracted a very large audience, and the performance of ‘Don Giovanni’ gave satisfaction.  Miss Kellogg’s Zerlina, Madame Medori’s Anna and Biachi’s Leporello were specially applauded.  Miss Stockton, who sang the music of Elvira, makes a very acceptable seconda donna, lacking only in ease of action.”

Review: New-York Times, 28 December 1863, 4.

“The weather was propitious for Mr. Maretzek’s matinée on Saturday, and the house was handsomely filled with a surging and ever-shifting sea of crinoline, bonnets, and feathers.  Mozart’s opera of ‘Don Giovanni’ was played, and several persons—mostly from the country—listened to it.  The cast was unexceptionable, especially of the female rôles.  Mr. Maretzek presided in the orchestra, and everything under that gentleman’s able direction passed off to the complete satisfaction of the audience.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 28 December 1863, 8.

“Mozart’s Don Giovanni was presented at the Saturday matinee, and the house was filled beyond capacity.  It had the same cast and was presented in the same manner as we had earlier reported.”