Maretzek Italian Opera: L’Africaine

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

Price: $1.50

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Record Information


Last Updated:
19 August 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Dec 1865, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 04 December 1865, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 07 December 1865, 4.
Announcement: New York Post, 08 December 1865.

     “[A] brilliant attendance of ladies is expected.  The manager has for this occasion raised the prioce of admission to a dollar and a half.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 08 December 1865, 5.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 December 1865.

     “[A] gala matinee . . . to give the lady patrons an opportunity to see this magnificent work.”

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

     “Today’s matinee promises to be very crowded, and we advise our fair readers to go early to the Academy, in order to obtain seats.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 09 December 1865, 5.

     “This will be the only L’Africaine matinee, so that our friends in the rural district should take advantage of the opportunity.” 

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 09 December 1865.
Review: New-York Times, 11 December 1865, 4.

     “One of the largest audiences ever seen in the Academy of Music.  The receipts amounted to nearly four thousand dollars.  Of a verity, there is nothing so successful as success!”

Review: New York Clipper, 16 December 1865, 286.

     “‘L’Africaine.’—This, the last of Meyerbeer’s works, (and recently produced at the Academy, in this city,) was undoubtedly his greatest.  For years the great maestro kept the secret of his great composition, and for years after the secret was divulged did he continue to prune and beautify the work which he determined should bequeath to him an immortal name.  Sparkling throughout with the choicest melody and with the most intense dramatic fire, in turn ‘L’Africaine’ enchants the senses and leads captive the judgement.  Nevertheless, Meyerbeer determined that his last opera should be great in all parts, and he expended a vast deal of time—ably seconded by the exertions of M. Scribe the librettist—in rendering the scenes and incidents of the plot worthy of his music and of that class of spectacle which has obtained the name of the ‘materialistic drama.’  Thus we find the resources of the property-man taxed to the utmost in the ship, mancanilla tree and island scenes—rendering this noble work complete in every part.  So much for the general character of the opera.”