Maretzek Italian Opera: L’étoile du nord

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Price: $1 all seats

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Record Information


Last Updated:
26 April 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Mar 1866, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka North star; Etoile du nord
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Text Author: Scribe


Announcement: New-York Times, 17 March 1866, 4.

“Such an important work is not often played at a matinée, and will of course attract a crowd.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 17 March 1866, 7.

“First and only time at a matinee of Meyerbeer’s IMMENSELY SUCCESSFUL GRAND SPECTACULAR OPERA. . . . SPECIAL NOTICE.—The lady patrons of the matinees are requested to purchase their tickets early, in order to avoid crowding and delay at the ticket office  A great crowd being expected, three additional doors will be opened.”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 17 March 1866.
Review: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 19 March 1866, 144.

[Preliminary translation]

"(…) The chorus performed well. Also the “mise en scene” was excellent, whereas some of the soloists were less than perfect. This opera requires strong voices and acting talent; something the male leading singers do not possess enough. Even Miss Kellogg was not how she should have been. Her performance lacked elegance and refinement, simply everything that is needed to fill a role completely. We have no doubt; however, that an accomplished artist such as Ms. Kellogg will grow into the role within a few performances."

Review: New York Post, 19 March 1866, 3.

“The matinee . . . was a brilliant success in every sense. ‘L’Etoile du Nord’ was presented in a manner that left little to be desired by the most captious critics. Miss Kellogg won another triumph, and vindicated her right to the very highest place in her profession.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 19 March 1866, 8.

“The appearance of Miss Kellogg in ‘The Star of the North’ . . . attracted a dense and overflowing audience. It was one of the most brilliant audiences of the season, several hundred ladies being compelled to seek refuge in that dreariest of dreary Amphitheaters at the Academy.  The performance of the opera was distinguished by all the excellences of its former representations, Miss Kellogg surprising and delighting those who had not heard her in this new role, and confirming the high estimation entertained of her deserved success by the opera habitués.  The seasons of 1865 and 1866 have witnessed two great triumphs for Miss Kellogg—triumphs which have placed her indisputably at the head of her profession, in the class of characters to the interpretation of which she is so admirably adapted by nature and by education.”