Maretzek Italian Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

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Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Max Maretzek

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Last Updated:
19 October 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Feb 1865, Evening

Program Details

Ninth Subscription Night.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Lucy of Lammermoor
Composer(s): Donizetti
Text Author: Cammarano
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Joseph Weinlich (role: Raimondo);  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Ashton);  Bernardo Massimiliani (role: Edgardo);  Jennie R. Van Zandt (role: Lucia)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 February 1865.

Announcement: New-York Times, 15 February 1865, 4.

Review: New York Herald, 16 February 1865, 4.
“In the second and third acts, the most trying for a débutante, [Mrs. Van Zandt] sustained the part exceedingly well, showing a great deal of that dramatic power which is essential to the rendering of the part.  Massimiliani was in excellent voice, and sang the rôle of Edgardo admirably.”
Review: New York Post, 16 February 1865.

“At the opera last night, Mrs. Van Zandt made her fifth appearance on the stage, essaying the part of Donizetti’s Lucia, which she has already performed in Boston. Her vocalization was good, and in the second act she acted well enough for a debutante. The lady yet needs that ease of manner which only familiarity with the stage will give her; but her every performance evinces improvement. Mrs. Van Zandt’s voice appeared in Lucia to greater advantage than in ‘Rigoletto.’ She was called before the curtain after the second act.

            Massimiliani gave a vigorous delineation of the melancholy Edgardo, and was favorably received. Bellini was, of course, admirable in every respect.”
Review: New-York Times, 16 February 1865.

Van Zandt’s “voice is fresh and delightful.  It possesses more body and strength than can be found in any other American prima-donna’s voice. It is, however, an inexperienced organ, and except in cavatinas that have become familiar and facile, is inadequate to the labor of sustaining an important role. Mme. VAN Z ANDT needs practice on the stage, and, with this, will, we doubt not, arrive at a brilliant future. Her Lucia, however, is more immature than her Gilda, in which character it will be remembered she made her debut. The performance was cold, unimpassioned and amateurish.

            Signor MASSIMILIANI was in excellent voice, and Signor BELLINI left nothing to be desired.”