Bel demonio

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley
L. J. [Niblo's Garden] Vincent

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 August 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 May 1864, 7:45 PM
24 May 1864, 7:45 PM
25 May 1864, 7:45 PM
26 May 1864, 7:45 PM
27 May 1864, 7:45 PM
28 May 1864, 7:45 PM

Program Details

L.I. Vincent, stage manager, producer and director; Messrs. Hilliard and Maeder, scenery; Mons. Phillipe, costumes; Messrs. Runyon and Burnett, mechanical effects; S. Wallis, furniture and appointments. Grand Ballet of Sixteen Selected Coryphées.

John Brougham: Bel demonio (original music by E. Montgomery)
Includes the songs:
S. R. Fiske (lyrics): “You are the star” (Vestvali)
“Brave Marco” (Vestvali)
AND: “The grand tarantella” (comp. By Signor Ronzani) (Katarina, Ella, Kruga and Rosina, corps de ballet)

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  Niblo's Garden, corps de ballet;  Mr. [actor] Murray (role: Marti);  Mr. [actor] Styles (role: Captain of the Guard);  Mlle. [dancer] Kruger;  Rose Eytinge (role: Lena);  Mary Wells (role: Countess Campireali);  Mrs. [actor] Moore (role: Margarita);  James W. Collier (role: Fabio Campireali, his son);  Mary [actress] Everett (role: Sister Agatha);  James F. Hagan (role: Cardinal Montalto);  Rosina Vokes;  Felicita Vestvali (role: Angelo);  James G. Burnett (role: Ranncolo);  Mlle. Katrina;  Mr. [actor] Haupt (role: Martes);  Emma Skerrett (role: Abbess of De Castro);  Mr. [actor] Welsh (role: Bruno);  J. W. Blaisdell (role: Tomaso);  E. B. [actor] Holmes (role: Giotto);  Mlle. [dancer] Ella;  E. Berry [actor] Rendle (role: Luigi);  John J. Nunan (role: Count Campireali)
Text Author: Fiske
Participants:  Felicita Vestvali


Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 May 1864.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 May 1864, 7.
“In the course of the piece a GRAND TARANTELLA, composed by Signor Ronzani.”
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 24 May 1864.

Announcement: New-York Times, 26 May 1864, 4.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 28 May 1864, 54.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 28 May 1864, 55.

Review: New York Clipper, 04 June 1864, 62.
“[H]ow pleasant it is to see Vestvali and ‘Bel Demonio’ at Niblo’s Garden, how inspiring to witness the forms and faces and evolutions of the coryphees [sic], and with what happiness do we see around us the smiling faces of the thousands who throng this great dramatic establishment. . . . [E]verybody seems better pleased than they did during the opening week. . . .The performers get on smoothly, scenery and machinery work with the ease of a clerk in Chase’s treasury department, the waits are of but brief duration, and everything acts together for the good of the manager.”