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:
24 August 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Dec 1865, 7:30 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 09 December 1865, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 11 December 1865.
Announcement: New-York Times, 11 December 1865, 4.

     “Maretzek’s second season ends on Saturday next... We shall be without opera until the 2nd of February, when the third and last subscription of the season will commence.  If the enormous success of the ‘Africaine’ could have been anticipated it is probable there would have been no break in the regular run of that work.”

Review: New York Post, 12 December 1865.

     “The Opera. With every performance, ‘L’ Africaine’ increases in popular favor.  The leading artists do their part so satisfactorily that it is difficult to tell which of them is the ‘bright particular star.’  As a dramatic creation, however, the palm may be awarded to the baritone Bellini, who invests the character of Nelusko with a savage grandeur, which is admirably in keeping with the part.  As a most accomplished vocalist, and most versatile actor, Bellini is a treasure to the management, and a deserved favorite with the public.  Since Badiali no baritone has ever won such popularity with our opera-goers as Bellini.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 12 December 1865.

     “Opera. There was a brilliant audience at the Academy of Music last night, to witness ‘L’Africaine.’ The opera was as well performed as heretofore, and the enthusiasm seemed warmer than on any previous occasion.”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 12 December 1865.