Anschütz German Opera: Martha

Event Information

Academy of Music

Proprietor / Lessee:
East 14th St at the corner of Irving Place Academy of Music

Carl Anschütz

Price: $1 parquette and balcony; $1.50 parquette and balcony reserved; $.50 family circle; $.25 amphitheatre

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Record Information


Last Updated:
23 July 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

07 Dec 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond; Martha, or The Market at Richmond
Composer(s): Flotow
Text Author: Friedrich
Participants:  Marie Frederici (role: Nancy);  Franz Himmer (role: Lionel);  [Male singer] Gross (role: Sheriff);  Joseph Weinlich (role: Pinkett);  Bertha Johannsen (role: Martha);  Anton Graf (role: Tristan)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 December 1863.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 December 1863, 7.
“Third subscription night . . . comic opera in four acts”
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 06 December 1863.

Announcement: New York Herald, 07 December 1863.

Announcement: New York Post, 07 December 1863, 3.

Review: New York Herald, 08 December 1863, 4.
“Fashion has ignored the German opera. Shoddy has followed the example, and the German residents of New York seem indisposed to patronize Mr. Anschutz. This is certainly a great pity, as the produces opera with great care, has a splendid orchestra, good choruses, and some artists that are pleasing.
Last night Flotow’s ‘Martha’ was given at the Academy of Music by the German Opera troupe with indifferent success. Mme. Johannsen did not appear to as great advantage in the role of Martha as in other parts we have heard her in. Mme. Frederrici, as Nancy, played and sang the role very acceptably. Herr Himmer was a tolerable Lionel, and Herr Weinlich an intolerable Plunket.”
Review: New York Post, 08 December 1863, 2.

 “[T]he largest and most fashionable audience that has yet been attracted by the German opera, Flotow’s delightful pastoral, “Martha,” was performed with distinguished success. Madame Johannsen was in fine voice and sang the part of Martha with exquisite grace and skill. She was once or twice encored, as was Herr Himmer, whose rare qualities are already appreciated and will soon make him a popular favorite.  Madame Frederici and Herr Weinlich sang and acted their subordinate and comic parts with the most amusing drollery, and elicited frequent applause.  The orchestra and chorus surpassed, if possible, any of their previous performances.  Mr. Anschutz may now congratulate himself on the prospect that the enthusiastic and liberal enterprise with which he has sought to popularize the German opera in New York will be rewarded by a greater measure of success than many of his friends had ventured to expect.”

Review: New-York Times, 08 December 1863, 4.
“[A] complete success.  It was the best performance of Mr. Anschutz’s season, and we are glad to state was enjoyed by a fine and fashionable house.  Mme. Frederici and Herr Himmer were heard to great advantage.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 December 1863.

“--The opera of Martha drew a better but not a good house last night [than Fidelio on Saturday]. It passed off with much spirit…Mme. Frederici has an agreeable voice and sings with unction and life.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 08 December 1863, 8.

“We are not a big admirer of Flotow’s Martha, the boringly sweet and sentimental character.  We have to admit, however, that last night’s performance was one of the best we have ever heard.  Mr. Himmer—who has not convinced in his two prior roles—appeared much to his favor as ‘Lionel.’  He knows how to cover up the deficiencies of his voice very well.  Where he lacks freshness, he impresses with artistic structure and interpretation.  Several parts he sang excellently and received well deserved applause.  We liked Mme. Johannsen and Mad. Friderici as ‘Martha’ and ‘Nancy’ very much.  Once Mad. Friderici gets better acquainted with the stage of the Academy and knows from where the voice carries more favorably, she will enjoy even greater successes than last night.  The chorus and orchestra performed flawlessly.  The mise en scene of the opera, especially the market scene, was good.”

Review: Musical Review and World, 19 December 1863, 302.

“‘Martha’ was a very good performance, and Mr. Himmer, the tenor fully confirmed the good opinion we had of him as a singer.”