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)

13 Apr 1864, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Gounod
Text Author: Barbier, Carré
Participants:  Military band, unidentified;  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Wilhelm [baritone] Müller (role: Wagner);  Fanny Stockton (role: Martha);  Clara Louise Kellogg (role: Margherita);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Valentin);  Henrietta Sulzer (role: Seibel);  Francesco Mazzoleni (role: Faust);  Joseph Hermanns (role: Mephistopheles)


Announcement: New York Herald, 10 April 1864.

Announcement: New-York Times, 11 April 1864, 4.
“On Wednesday, ‘Faust’ will be repeated.  The manager intends, after a few more performances, to close the Academy, in order that the regular forces may devote themselves exclusively to the proper rehearsal of Meyerbeer’s ‘Huguenots,’ which will be produced as the concluding attraction of the Spring Season.  Visitors, therefore, would do well to remember that their chances of hearing Mr. Maretzek’s company are but few.”
Announcement: New York Herald, 12 April 1864.
“Faust will be repeated on Wednesday for the twenty-ninth time.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 April 1864.
29th Performance of Faust.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 12 April 1864, 7.

Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 13 April 1864.

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 13 April 1864.

Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 13 April 1864, 8.
“‘Mephisto’ is presented in a way never seen before.  Only Hermanns is able to give this role the recognition it deserves.  In his acting, Mr. Hermanns follows the model of Laroche and Gogge, who presented the devil as an elegant gentleman.  This interpretation seems to be the correct one for the Gounod version, since in the text the devil is described as wearing a sword, a hat with a feather, and a pouch full````` of gold, just like a nobleman.  Hermanns possesses all the advantages of a splendid and exceptional performer, including posture, movement, facial expression and the sound of his voice.  All of these traits are beautifully balanced and harmonize well with his musical skill.”
Review: New York Post, 14 April 1864, 2.
“The attendance at the Opera House last night was very large, in spite of the storm, and Fourteenth street was blocked with carriages as far as Broadway.  The opera was admirably performed, and the usual encores demanded. . . . After the Tuesday evening performance at Brooklyn next week, the house will be probably closed for a week or two, to re-open for the spring season early in May, with the ‘Huguenots’.”