Maretzek Italian Opera: Fra Diavolo

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

Price: $1

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
26 March 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Mar 1865, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Grand Farewell Matinee.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Fra Diavolo, ou L’hôtellerie de Terracine Fra Diavolo, or The Inn of Terracina
Composer(s): Auber
Text Author: Scribe


Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 March 1865.

     “Grand Farewell Matinee . . .  In compliance with numerous requests from the lady patrons of the matinees and others, to give FRA DIAVOLO at a matinee before the departure of the company. . .”

Announcement: New York Herald, 20 March 1865, 4.

     “We shall be curious to see how this experiment of a change from Saturday to a midweek matinee will work; but we presume that, as it is the last one of the season, the Academy will be crowded by our suburban friends.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 March 1865.

Announcement: New York Post, 21 March 1865.

Announcement: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 22 March 1865, 65.

     The Italian Opera will leave us within this week.  The company was hired by Mr. Grau and will travel to the west.

Announcement: New-York Times, 23 March 1865, 5.

      “[T]he last opportunity of hearing Italian opera until next Fall.”

Review: New York Herald, 24 March 1865, 4.

     “The opera season concluded yesterday with a grand matinee, at which Fra Diavolo was sung to a large and fashionable audience. After a season of over a hundred performances of opera, remarkable for variety and success, Mr. Maretzek’s company took their farewell of a New York audience, and will play to-night and to-morrow in Philadelphia, and proceed from thence to Baltimore and Washington, to delight the denizens of those provincial towns. . . . Mr. Maretzek deserves every consideration at the hands of the public, the artists and stockholders, for his indefatigable efforts to advance the interests of art, and we hope that he will receive a substantial acknowledgement of it in the approaching benefit.”

Review: New-York Times, 24 March 1865, 5.

     “The matinee yesterday was a complete succes. [sic] ‘Fra Diavolo’ was absolutely played, and the audience testified its complete satisfaction therewith by crowding the Academy to its greatest capacity.”

     Mr. Maretzek and company give a few performances in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, and then Mr. Grau takes the artists in hand and inaugurates the Chicago Academy of Music.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 24 March 1865, 5.

     “The last performance of Mr. Maretzek’s Opera Company was given at the Academy of Music yesterday morning.  ‘Fra Diavolo’ which has been growing steadily in public favor, was the Opera chosen, with Miss Kellogg, Mdlle. Morensi, Lotti, Bellini, &c. in the principal parts.  It was performed in excellent style.  Miss Kellogg carrying off all the honors and richly deserving the hearty applause which greeted her.  The Academy was packed with human freight in every part, so closely packed was it, indeed, that we could not penetrate beyond the doors.

     The closing representations have been brilliantly successful in a pecuniary point of view, and it seems a pity that the company should leave just when the people seem to be fully awakened to the necessity of this elegant amusement.  But other engagements having been made, the prolongation of the season was impossible.  The company appear in Washington next week.”

Review: Courrier des États-Unis, 27 March 1865.

    "Opera has bid us adieu; it closed its season with a matinee of Fra Diavolo. . . . Maretzek has only to rest on his laurels. The public is happy with him, he should be happy with the public . . . . "