Maretzek Italian Opera: Jone

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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)

28 Dec 1863, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Ultimo giorno di Pompei ; Last Days of Pompeii; Ione
Composer(s): Petrella
Text Author: Peruzzini
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Wilhelm [baritone] Müller (role: Clodio);  J. [tenor] Reichardt (role: Salustio);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Arbaces);  Giuseppina Medori (role: Ione);  Henrietta Sulzer (role: Nidia);  Francesco Mazzoleni (role: Glauco);  Hannibal Biachi (role: Burbo);  Annie Milner (role: Dirce)


Announcement: New York Post, 26 December 1863.

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

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 27 December 1863.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 28 December 1863.

Announcement: New York Post, 28 December 1863, 2.

Announcement: New-York Times, 28 December 1863, 4.
 “It is the last night but one of Mr. Maretzek’s season.  Holiday people should remember that fact.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 28 December 1863, 7.
Cast.  “Positively Last Night But One.”
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 28 December 1863.

Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 28 December 1863.

Review: New York Post, 29 December 1863, 2.

“The Academy of Music was well attended last night, and, however cold and dreary it may have been outside, the interior of the house presented a scene of usual brilliancy and of more than usual enthusiasm. The opera of ‘Ione’—a composition which, however exaggerated in some points and altogether lacking in repose, has yet the blessed gift of melody—seems exactly adapted to the vigorous and earnest signers composing Maretzek’s present troupe. In no opera of the repertoire do the varied attainments of Medori, the fine action and robust voice of Mazzoleni, and the majestic bearing and skilful [sic] vocalization of Bellini, appear to better advantage. In this work, too, the contralto, Sulzer, finds her best part, and, as Nidia, sings with great taste and effect. To judge by the very hearty applause of last night, ‘Ione’ is the most popular opera of the season, and will form for some seasons to come a standard favorite in the operatic repertoire.”

Review: New-York Times, 29 December 1863, 4.

Academy of Music.--The storm last night interfered seriously with what would otherwise have been the fullest and most brilliant house of the season; but it did not interrupt the performance, which took place, and was unusually spirited. Petrella’s opera is an established favorite with our public. It is always sure to draw forth abundance of applause, and to be listened to attentively to the highest pyrotechnic end. The admirable distribution of the solo parts among Mr. Maretzek’s fine artists is probably one reason why the work is popular. It is almost impossible to hear Signor Mazzoleni to greater advantage. Signor Biachi has a splendid rôle. It was written for him, and is entirely within the best part of his voice. Mme. Medori sings and acts with the greatest spirit, and Sulzer, as the salve, has one of the two rôles in which she is absolutely good. The performance last evening gave complete satisfaction to those present.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 29 December 1863, 8.
 The opera was well attended despite the bad weather and well received.