Maretzek Italian Opera: Norma

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Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Max Maretzek

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Last Updated:
1 February 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

30 Dec 1864, 8:00 PM

Program Details

24th subscription concert. Second performance of Norma. Final performance of season of the Italian Opera Company.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Bellini
Text Author: Romani
Participants:  Maretzek Italian Opera Company;  Bernardo Massimiliani (role: Pollio);  Augustino Susini (role: Oroveso);  Carlotta Carozzi-Zucchi (role: Norma)


Announcement: New-York Times, 28 December 1864, 5.
Announcement: New-York Times, 29 December 1864, 4.
Announcement: Courrier des √Čtats-Unis, 29 December 1864.

The season will close tomorrow night with Norma.

Announcement: New York Herald, 30 December 1864, 4.

“To-night, the season closes with Norma, with Zucchi and Massimiliani in the principal roles, which they sustained on Tuesday night with such decided success. . . . We presume that the house to-night will be immense.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 December 1864, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 30 December 1864, 4.

“Mr. Maretzek’s season ends positively to-night.  The company leaves for Boston to-morrow, and owing to this circumstance there will be no matinée.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 December 1864, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 31 December 1864, 4.

“The season at the Academy closed last night.  The house was crowded to the utmost capacity by a highly fashionable audience.  Zucchi was a splendid in Norma as on her first performance of the part, and gained fresh claims to the rank of an artist of exceeding merit.  Massmiliani sang Pollio better than before.  His voice was in excellent condition.  The duets of the soprano and contralto, in the first and third acts, were encored, and the artists called before the curtain on each occasion.  The opera season opens in Boston in the early part of next week, whither the company will depart today.” 

Review: New York Post, 31 December 1864.

“A superb performance of ‘Norma’ last night closed Maretzek’s tall operatic campaign in this city, and the company are by this time on their way to Boston. . .In Feburary the Italians will return to this city.

Review: New-York Times, 31 December 1864, 5.

“’Norma’ was given here last evening to one of the finest houses of the season.  It brought Mr. Maretzek’s campaign to an end. . . . The performance last evening was thoroughly satisfactory—all the artists were in fine voice; the applause was frequent, and the impression left was decidedly favorable to Mr. Maretzek’s return.”