Academy of Music
Manager / Director:
H. L. [impressario] Bateman
Price: $1.00; $1.50 reserved
23 October 2012
“The farewell concerts of Madame [sic] Parepa take place at the operatic catacombs, the Academy of Music, this week. Madame [sic] Parepa is a good but not a great artist, and is assisted by Levy, Carl Rosa and Mills—and by a full orchestra.”
The last of the Bateman concerts took place at the Academy last night. “Mlle. Parepa was in fine voice, and her selections were good and calculated to display her best qualities as a vocalist. Mr. Mills played the ‘Sonnambula’ fantasie with even more than his usual brilliancy; also, a tarantella by himself. Messrs. Rosa and Levy repeated their best morceaux with effect, and Mr. Anschutz conducted in the orchestra, which has really been a leading feature of musical attractiveness at these concerts, with that general skill which he alone possesses in every department of his art. In accompanying the voice or conducting a symphony he is equally good. His repertoire of music is large and interesting; popular too, but not hackneyed. A march by Mr. Hopkins was one of the items offered last night. Mr. Hopkins is an American writer, who needs the opportunity of hearing his own works, like every other young composer. There is nothing particularly fresh in the march, but it displays a good purpose in the bass. Mr. Hopkins probably gained more by its performance than anyone else.”
Review covering all five concerts of January 6, 8-9 and 11-12, 1866. Very well attended. The programs did not vary much from the ones before. Even the performers were much the same except for Mills. However, even Mills repeated his usual pieces. We do not comprehend that a fine artist such as Mills is moving in the same circle (of people) all the time. We suggest for him to leave out his own compositions for a change. The audience has heard enough of them. Moreover, we advise that he should use the Chopin style music for other works more. Above all he should adopt a repertoire of brilliant pieces. He is able to play everything, and much better than anybody else. So why not use his talent in a more diverse way?
Mme Parepa gave a less favorable impression. She seemed very fatigued; the repercussions of the stress she must have been exposed to. What she is in need of, is peace and quiet.
Mr. Levy also seems indisposed. He is the highlight of the concert for the majority of people’ however, we are not among them.
The violinist Mr. Rosa will leave the ensemble next week to spend the summer in London, before moving back to his hometown Hamburg (Germany).
Anschütz conducted the orchestra as usual. We believe the orchestra could dare to play more demanding works than the Zampa overture.