Maretzek Italian Opera: Crispino e la comare

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Angelo Torriani

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Record Information


Last Updated:
4 April 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

20 Feb 1866, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 February 1866.
Announcement: New-York Times, 20 February 1866, 4.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 20 February 1866, 4.

     describes Crispino as “the fascinating and popular comic opera”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 20 February 1866.
Review: New-York Times, 21 February 1866, 4.

     “The performance last evening of ‘Crispino è la Comare’ was in every way delightful.  We have never listened to a more even, perfect and delicious representation of this truly enjoyable work.  Signor Bellini, on whom much depends, was in admirable mood, and Miss Kellogg was, as she always is, thoroughly exquisite.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 21 February 1866, 4.

     “Miss Kellogg, Signori Irfre, Bellini and Dubreul [sic]  were in the best possible voice, and in the happiest of moods, and dashed through their parts with that swinging abandon which never fails of success.”

Review: New York Post, 22 February 1866, 2.

     “[A] thoroughly enjoyable performance . . . before a very large audience, Kellogg, Irfre, Bellini, Dubreuil, Ardavani and Ficher singing and acting with their usual ability.  It is worthy of note, that this charming little trifle of an opera—this droll and pretty lyrical story of a cobbler and a fairy—seems to be more attractive to the New York public than all the majestic splendors of Meyerbeer or the sympathetic melodies of Donizetti.  Certainly neither ‘L’Africaine’ nor ‘Don Sebastian,’ with all their expensive spectacular display, attract better houses than ‘Crispino e la Comare.’”