Maretzek Italian Opera: Robert le Diable

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

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Last Updated:
20 April 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Nov 1865, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Robert the devil; Robert der Teufel
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Text Author: Scribe, Delavigne
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Ettore Irfre (role: Robert);  Giuseppe B. [basso] Antonucci (role: Bertram);  Domenico Lorini (role: Raimbaut);  Antonietta Brignoli-Ortolani (role: The Princess);  Carlotta Carozzi-Zucchi (role: Agnes)


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 November 1865.

Announcement: New York Post, 06 November 1865.

“[W]ith the cast of last week.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 06 November 1865, 4.

"W]ill be repeated to-night for the second and ‘last’ time.  The veracity of the latter statement, as well as its necessity, may well be questioned.  The sternest managerial duty can hardly justify the withdrawal of a work which the public demands.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 November 1865, 7.


Review: New York Post, 07 November 1865.

“The election excitement affected very unfavorably the attendance at the opera last night, and the opera passed off rather coldly.  The performance was, however, better than on Friday night, Zucchi and Ortolani monopolizing the honors of the evening, the one by passionate dramatic fervor, the other by graceful and unaffected vocalization. The Bertram [Antonucci] and Robert [Irfre] of the evening were, excepting in the last act, rather tame – not up to the standard to which we have been accustomed in this opera.”

Review: New-York Times, 07 November 1865, 4.

“’Robert le Diable’ was repeated last night to a house that was evidently affected by the election.  The performance was not an improvement on the first night.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 07 November 1865.

“The opera . . . was performed to a full and fashionable audience . . . The performance was excellent, the artists striving to sustain the reputation they earned on the first night.”