Academy of Music
Manager / Director:
29 August 2018
“‘Due Foscari’ will probably be revived on Friday.”
Brief positive announcement of the weekly performance of Maretzek’s Italian Opera.
“Max Maretzek’s Italian Opera Troupe filled up the entire week at the Academy, giving six operatic performances to pretty good business. Max is awfully jubilant over the money he made in Boston. He will run the show another week, skipping ash Wednesday and Thursday.”
Brief review. “The house was filled by a most fashionable audience, and the performance was certainly very successful. Mme. Madori and Signors Mazzoleni and Bellini were much applauded. The mise en scene and the choruses were very effective.”
“VERDI’S opera, ‘I Due Foscari,’ was given here last night with good effect. The music is not very pronounced in its character, and to ears accustomed to VERDI’s later works it is apt to sound tame. There are, however, some admirable numbers in it, and passages of great suavity and grace. The principal rôle was admirably sustained by Signor Bellini, who combines talent as an actor with great vocal ability. Mme. MADORI was the Lucretia, and Mazzoleni was admirable.”
The opera was not very successful, because of its monotone music. It was performed well, yet it will probably not last.
“Max Maretzek’s Italian Opera Troupe filled up the entire week at the Academy, giving six operatic performances to pretty good business.”
COMMENT: The Maretzek Troupe only gave five performances this week.