Maretzek Italian Opera: Dom Sébastien

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
5 October 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Feb 1866, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Dom Sebastian includes an incidental ballet.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Grand ballet divertissement, unidentified


Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 February 1866.
Announcement: New-York Times, 22 February 1866, 5.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 February 1866, 6.
Announcement: New-York Times, 23 February 1866, 5.

     “Donizetti’s greatest work, ‘Don Sebastian,’ will be performed here to-night for the last time.  The revival of this fine opera has given much satisfaction to the public and the subscribers.  It is withdrawn only because other novelties are in readiness, and the shortness of the Spring season does not admit of many repetitions.”  

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 23 February 1866.
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 24 February 1866, 12.

     “The grand opera of Don Sebastian was performed last evening to a large and fashionable audience. In this opera Zucchi has made her grandest success; in it she has put forth her fullest powers, and won even from those who were slow to acknowledge her high dramatic genius, the most enthusiastic encomiums. Last night she was truly grand, fully sustaining the brilliant reputation won by her previous performances of the same character.

     Massimiliani and Bellini divided the honors with Mlle. Zucchi, and well deserved the flattering applause they received. The opera throughout was performed in the most admirable manner.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 24 February 1866, 8.

     The performance was very good, although the work itself is not one of Donizetti’s strongest.

Review: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 26 February 1866, 101.

     This work lacks the “fresh, lively melodies” Donizetti’s other operas possess. Bellini’s, Antonucci’s and Zucchi’s performances were quite good. The not yet well-known tenor Massimiliani excelled, but the chorus could have done better.