Maretzek Italian Opera: L’Africaine: Mazzoleni Benefit

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

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Record Information


Last Updated:
29 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Mar 1866, Evening

Program Details

Benefit of Mazzoleni.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New-York Times, 02 March 1866, 4.

We notice with regret that the season is drawing rapidly to a close.  The Director announces that hereafter the regular performances will take place only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—Tuesday (heretofore a regular night,) being set aside for the benefits of the artists.  Signor Mazzoleni takes his benefit on Tuesday next.  He has deserved well of the public, and will certainly be remembered according to his desserts.  The ‘African’ is the opera selected for the occasion.”

Announcement: New York Post, 06 March 1866, 2.

Mazzoleni “has never sung better than this season.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 March 1866.

AD: NYT 03/06/66

Announcement: New-York Times, 06 March 1866, 4.

Mazzoleni is “an artist who is esteemed highly, and rightly so, by the public.”

Review: New-York Times, 07 March 1866, 4.

“An exceedingly good house witnessed the performance of the ‘African’ last evening, which was given for the benefit of Signor Mazzoleni, and given better than we have heard it this season.  For the sake of a few paltry subscriptions this work is now shelved, or performed at best on benefit and off nights. It is, nevertheless, the most popular item in the repertoire, and invariably attracts fine audiences.  Large communities and small subscriptions cannot be reconciled. The small subscribers demand a change of opera, when the public requires none. The few govern the many, and the public suffer.  Meyerbeer's opera, in this way, has been suppressed.  It is not given because two or three hundred people are tired of it.  It should be performed because two or three thousand people are ready to pay their money whenever it is announced.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 09 March 1866, 8.

[Preliminary translation]

The event had a large audience and was flawlessly performed.