Maretzek Italian Opera: Ernani

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 August 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Oct 1865, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Tenth subscription night.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New-York Times, 09 October 1865, 4.

“The work made a decided hit on the occasion of its revival last Wednesday, and its repetition has been very generally demanded.”

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 10 October 1865.
Advertisement: New York Post, 11 October 1865.
Announcement: New York Post, 11 October 1865.

“Will be repeated, with the admirable cast of last week.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 11 October 1865, 4.

The opera “created a furore last week.”

Review: New York Herald, 12 October 1865.

Ernani has “the finest in construction . . . the richest in melody, and . . . the most complete of all Verdi’s works.”  Irfre has a few good notes, and a constant tremor.  Comparable to Habelmann, but inferior to Brignoli.  Coldly received by audience.  Zucchi alone saves this opera.  Antonucci has good high notes but is inferior to Hermann and greatly inferior to Weinlich.  His method is Italian, not German.  Marra’s acting is “entirely wanting in power as well as in flexibility.”  Lack of enthusiasm of audience “remarkable.”

Review: New York Post, 12 October 1865.

“Last night ‘Ernani’ was repeated with fair success, though Marra the baritone was not in good voice.”

Review: New-York Times, 12 October 1865, 4.

Academy of Music.—The repetition of ‘Ernani’ attracted another fashionable house last evening.  The cast was the same as yesterday week, but the singers were hardly in such fine voice.  Signor Marra indeed was in a deplorable plight, and could barely proceed after the second act.  Fortunately, Mme. Zucchi was all right, and Signor Irfre warming to his work, speedily routed the trifling hoarseness which troubled him in the first act, and sang subsequently with capital spirit and effect.  Signor Antonucci was admirable; and the orchestra and chorus were all that could be desired.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 12 October 1865, 4.

‘The popular and brilliant Opera ‘Ernani,’ the freshest and most varied work that Verdi ever wrote, was repeated last evening to a large audience. This was the natural result of the reputation of the performance last week, which spread itself through all our musical circles, establishing itself as the best operatic performance given in New-York for several years.

          We noticed the performance in full last week, when the same artists took part in the representation. In all the essentials, the performance last night was identical; it was sung with the same spirit and effect, and the applause was warm and unanimous throughout.”

Review: Courrier des √Čtats-Unis, 16 October 1865, 1.

“. . . . Wednesday, the performance of Ernani was satisfying. . . . “