Nixon Italian Opera: I Puritani - Carlotta Patti Benefit

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Academy of Music

Proprietor / Lessee:
James M. Nixon

Manager / Director:
James M. Nixon

Emanuele Muzio

Price: $1; $1.50 reserved

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Last Updated:
20 May 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 Oct 1862, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka The Puritans
Composer(s): Bellini
Text Author: Pepoli
Participants:  Federico Amodio;  Carlotta Patti (role: Elvira);  Pasquale Brignoli (role: Lord Arturo Talbo);  Augustino Susini


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 06 September 1862, 2.
“[T]he choral and choreographic effects will surpass any that have before been seen at the Academy.”
Announcement: New York Herald, 28 September 1862.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 29 September 1862, 7.
Gives date incorrectly as Friday, October 4. Long explanation in the ad of why Nixon is offering more concerts of Patti after saying that she would only appear the previous week. Maretzek mentioned in the explanation.
Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 29 September 1862.
A last performance of Mlle Carlotta Patti was announced for Friday night at the Academy of Music. It is a benefit for the young singer and the public will not neglect this occasion to show her sympathy [sympathie].
Announcement: New York Post, 29 September 1862, 2.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 September 1862, 7.
Gives date incorrectly as Friday, October 4. Same AD as NYH 09/29/62, p.7
Advertisement: New-York Times, 02 October 1862, 7.

Announces Puritani.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 October 1862, 7.
Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 03 October 1862.

"The young prima donna will tackle for the first time at this occasion, the role of Elvira."

Announcement: New York Post, 03 October 1862, 2.

"The 'Puritani' has not been played here for a long time, and seldom if ever with a cast including better singers."

Review: New-York Times, 04 October 1862, 5.

“[A]n excellent performance of Bellini’s exquisite opera ‘Il Puritani.’  The prima donna was in full and sweet voice, and sang with less apparent effort and a more equable success than upon any previous appearance.  The rôle of Elvira is not, indeed, accurately adapted to Miss Patti’s peculiar qualities, but her conception of the character was more than respectable, and her vocalization threw a veil of melody over the dramatic foibles of her performance.  She was well supported by Sig. Brignoli in the not very exigeant rôle of Arturo, and by Sigs. Susini and Amodio, who executed the eventful suoni la tromba with creditable emphasis, and in the case of the former artist particularly with a fine artistic feeling, which deserves the more notice from the temptation which the duo holds out to exuberant musical and dramatic clap-trap.

     The operatic corps leave today, with Mr. Nixon, for Boston.”

Review: New York Post, 04 October 1862, 3.

          “Deficient as Bellini is in the higher forms of harmony and instrumentation, he never fails to attract. A man of imagination and delicate sensibility, he has created melodies that give a plaintive, melancholy delight.

         Although the representation of last evening was not up to perfection, still Miss Patti, Brignoli and Susini gave us some of the melodies with great effect and in keeping with the peculiar tenderness of the blue-eyed, fair-haired composer.

         The house was well filled with an attentive and enthusiastic audience, laudibly [sic] considerate for the gifted Patti. The spirit of Bellini himself, if present, must have sympathized with her arduous efforts to meet the requirements of the role she undertook, and to awaken in her hearers ‘Il canto che nell’anima si sente.’

         Brignoli, that wayward child of song, sang sweetly, and moved along the stage with all the reserved dignity of the Puritan.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 06 October 1862, 3.

Patti's Elvira "was sung with her extraordinary flexibility and elegance which have given her such a reputation in so short a time. The part itself has as much to be overcome in the way of rapid, difficult, dazzling passages, as any other; over these Miss Patti showed herself the mistress. Of Miss Patti's acting, we must refrain from giving an opinion."

Review: New York Clipper, 11 October 1862, 206.

"Nixon's very short season of Italian Opera at the Academy of Music was not resumed last week, although the house and company were not engaged for any other purpose. On Friday evening, however, M'lle Carlotta Patti took a benefit. . . .The attendance was not large. The lady appears to better advantage in concert than in opera; and she had better stick to the latter. . . . It won't matter much if we have any opera this season. Its always a very expensive amusement, and is not worth the cost it subjects us to. . . . Opera singers place entirely too high a value on their services. . . . If we must have opera, let us have it on democratic principles, and at democratic prices."