Théâtre Français: Soiree Opera Comique

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Paul Juignet
Charles Drivet

Record Information


Last Updated:
22 October 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

10 Jan 1866, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Marguerite Ayosto, soprano, from Carl Formes’ Company, was indisposed and did not appear. She was replaced by Madame De Lussan.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Blitz, Der ; Eclair, L'
Composer(s): Halévy
aka Noces de Jeanette, Les; Jeannette’s Wedding
Composer(s): Massé
Text Author: Barbier, Carré
Composer(s): Predigam


Announcement: New York Herald, 08 January 1866, 5.

     Performers and their origins.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 January 1866, 5.

     Gives the program.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 09 January 1866, 7.


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 10 January 1866.
Review: New York Post, 11 January 1866, 2.

     The pieces were “light and agreeable, and were creditably given.  It is to be hoped the French players and singers will soon find a shelter and that Mr. Juignet will not be compelled to wander much longer in the wilderness. He possesses in his company talent enough to add materially to the entertainment of the good people of the metropolis.”

Review: New-York Times, 12 January 1866, 4.

     “The singing members of the French company gave a pleasant operatic entertainment at the Academy of Music on Wednesday evening when Halevy’s opera of ‘L’Eclair,’ and the charming operetta of ‘Les Noces de Jeanette,’ by Victor Masse, were given.  The test was a sever one in such a house and before an audience of large proportions, but it was successful.  Mlle. Naddie has a light and agreeable voice, which she uses discreetly.  In a smaller place its quality will be more conspicuous, and sufficient we doubt not for most purposes of comic opera.  The lady is a good actress.  M. Armand, the tenor, may improve on acquaintance. His voice is not large, nor is his manner impressive.  Mlle. Ayosto, being seriously indisposed, did not make her appearance.  Mme. De Lussan filled her rôle at short notice, and gave all the satisfaction that could be expected under the circumstances.  The operetta was given with great spirit by Messieurs Harndorff and Rousseau and Camille Rousseau.”

Review: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 15 January 1866, 33.

     Incompetent performers except the well-known voice teacher Mad. de Lussau. She at least has some idea about singing and her technique is noticeable. However, her voice is less impressive. We consider the two chosen operas as two of the best French operas of the last 30 years. Halevy’s L’éclair is together with La Juive his best work. “It seems as though he had exhausted himself with his first two operas.” Everything that followed was only a distorted image and lacked creativity. Masse’s Les Noces de Jeannette does not live up to Halevy’s work.