Maretzek Italian Opera: Fra Diavolo

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
22 April 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Nov 1865, Evening

Program Details

Tenth subscription night.

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
aka The President’s March
Composer(s): Phile
Text Author: Hopkinson


Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 November 1865, 7.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 15 November 1865, 1.

“To-night the melodious and delightful ‘Fra Diavolo,’ with the same powerful and admirable cast as last week.  Zerlina is one of Miss Kellogg’s best parts, and Mazzoleni is the most distinguished Brigand that has appeared on the stage for years.  Bellini’s English Lord is a character to see, and the whole opera is ably sustained throughout.”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 15 November 1865.

Review: New-York Times, 16 November 1865, 4.

“[G]iven last night in a very satisfactory manner, and was exceedingly well-received.  The performance was interrupted for a few minutes by the arrival of Gen. Grant, who was enthusiastically greeted.  After the first act, the orchestra played ‘Hail Columbia,’ and three cheers were given for the Lieutenant General.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 16 November 1865, 8.

The event was well attended by an elegant audience. The performance was interrupted during the first act when General Grant was recognized in the audience and an enthusiastic applause broke out. He quieted the audience and the performance proceeded with the first act. However, after the first act another ovation followed when the orchestra played the National Anthem. Only after that the opera performance proceeded without interruption. The performance went well, although Mazzoleni was not in good voice and Miss Stockton sang worse than usual.