Maretzek Italian Opera: L’Africaine

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

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Record Information


Last Updated:
14 February 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Dec 1865, 7:30 PM

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Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 04 December 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 07 December 1865.
Announcement: New York Post, 08 December 1865.
Announcement: New-York Times, 08 December 1865, 5.

     “The artists are all in splendid voice, and the work may now be considered in its prime.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 December 1865.
Review: New-York Times, 09 December 1865, 4.

     “Academy of Music. The most brilliant house since the Africaine” was brought out at the Academy, was that of last night. The performance itself was masterly, the singers being in excellent voice. The repeated and tumultuous applause showed the warm appreciation of the public.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 09 December 1865, 8.

     The major parts in this opera are very demanding and require all strength possible from their performers. The part of the “african” calls for a dramatic singer of the highest skill. Fortunately Mme. Carrozzi-Zucchi possesses all the passion and warmth needed for Meyerbeer’s heroines. Her excellent acting skills assist her in portraying the part wonderfully.

     Mazzoleni is a note-worthy “Basco.” He understands combining the grandiose with the nobility of the character. Bellini’s voice, acting, and outer appearance fit his part excellently. He is “quite in his element” with this role and he deserves praise. Ortolani no longer possesses the youthful spirit for “Ines” that would be required for this part. She proves again, however, what a fine singer she is. The supporting parts, unfortunately, did not impress as did the leading performers; the orchestra and chorus, however, did well. Mr. Bergmann conducted with his usual care and energy. The performance had the highest attendance of the season.