Vocal and Instrumental Concert: Emil Rullmann Benefit

Event Information

Irving Hall

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Pedro de Abella
Carl Bergmann
Max Maretzek
Angelo Torriani
Signor A. Sarti [bass]

Price: $1

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
25 January 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Jun 1866, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Rullmann was janitor at the Academy of Music.

The list of performers may not reflect the actual performers. D’Angri did not appear, so it is not possible to verify whether the pieces and performers (given here) as listed in the NYT 06/08/66 is correct. A review of the concert in the NYP 06/11/66 indicates that Maretzek conducted the orchestra in the Overture to Le Prophète, not the overture to Zampa.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Introduction
Composer(s): Hérold
aka Preghiera
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Signor L. Milleri
Composer(s): Rossini
aka ballade
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Francesco Mazzoleni
aka Prophete. Coronation march; Grand processional march; Krönungsmarsch; Crowning march
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Composer(s): Verdi
Composer(s): Iradier
Participants:  Carmelina Poch [mezzo]
Composer(s): Verdi
Composer(s): Wallace
Text Author: Challis
Participants:  Clara Louise Kellogg
Composer(s): Malibran
Participants:  Elena Angri
Composer(s): Gounod


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 June 1866.
Announcement: New York Post, 07 June 1866.

“With such a wealth of vocal and instrumental talent at his command it is impossible that Mr. Maretzek should fail to give a splendid performance.  The object of the concert is besides, such as to commend it to the liberality of all at least of the former attendants at the old Academy.”

Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 07 June 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 June 1866, 7.

program and performers listed (differs from ad on NYT 06/09)

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 June 1866, 8.

“These concerts are given for the benefit of Mr. Emil Rullman, the Janitor of the late Academy of Music, who suffered a severe loss on that occasion.  For a long period he has filled his position to the satisfaction of all with whom his duties brought him in contact, and the warm sympathy felt for his loss has resulted in this generous endeavor on the part of his friends”; lists performers

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

program and performers listed (differs from ad on NYT 06/08)

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 11 June 1866, 4.

            “We are happy to say, that the concerts given at Irving Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening, were very brilliantly attended. The volunteers on this occasion comprised nearly all the principal artists of the operatic companies of Maretzek, Grau, and Grover, presenting an array of vocal talent superior to any brought together at one time in this country. There were 15 or 16 artists, beside the orchestra and chorus, and the conductors Maretzek, Bergmann, Abella and Sarti.  There were fewer disappointments than is usual at volunteer concerts, the place of Mme. D’Angri being ably supplied by Signor Bellini.

            “All the artists were very cordially received by the public, and the encores were numerous and unanimous.  Miss Kellogg’s appearance was the signal for the most enthusiastic reception we have seen accorded to any artist for many years, and it was gratifying to witness so cordial a greeting of a native artist amid so much foreign talent, which it is the fashion ever to exalt. Her rendition of a lovely ballad, by Wallace, was the occasion of a double encore, well merited and cordially given. Mr. Maretzek was also received with loud and continued applause.

            “All the artists exerted themselves to the best effect on this occasion, and we have rarely heard a performance where the excellence was more general, and the satisfaction more complete. We understand that the result in a pecuniary point of view was highly satisfactory, proving the sympathy of the public with the occasion and the estimation in which the recipient of the benefit is held.”

Review: New-York Times, 11 June 1866, 4.

“The grand complimentary concert to Mr. Emille Rullman was given at Irving Hall on Saturday, and was in every way very successful. There were two performances, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening. Both were well attended, and by audiences that we barely expect to meet at this season of the year. The pecuniary result was in the highest degree satisfactory. Mr. Rullman  [sic] will at least recover the more serious part of his loss at the Academy fire. Nor will his satisfaction end here. It is surely a great pleasure to know that many years of faithful servitude have brought him the friendship of those with whom he has come in contact. The performances were in every way satisfactory. The singers—with the exception of Madame D’angri , who did not appear—were all in capital voice; the soloists could hardly have been better. It does not become us to speak critically on such an occasion. It will suffice that all were animated with the desire to please. Success under such circumstances was certain. Miss Kellogg was recalled four times. Mr. S. B. Mills was vociferously encored in the rhapsody by Liszt, Signor Anastasi in his romanza from ‘Martha,’ &c., &c. Mr. Max Maretzek on his appearance to conduct, was greeted with a tremendous burst of applause, which continued for several minutes. The public does not seem disposed to forget its impresario, and this demonstration shows how futile have been the efforts to injure him.”

Review: New York Post, 11 June 1866.

“The concerts given on Saturday afternoon and evening at Irving Hall, for the benefit of Emil Rullmann, were complete successes. Nearly all of the best talent in our different operatic companies was represented, the artists having volunteered their services with commendable willingness. The long and rich programmes were performed unusually well, and as the applause was so frequent and so enthusiastic that there could be no doubt of the appreciativeness of the audiences. Miss Kellogg was encored three times. Mr. Max Maretzek, on entering to conduct the overture to the ‘Prophet,’ was greeted with a storm of applause, so vociferous and so prolonged, that the usually imperturbable manager was for once fairly overcome.”

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 11 June 1866.

“Mr. Max Maretzek.

                                                          Director of the Italian Opera.

                                                                                                        New York.

            Sir: I beg to return my heartfelt thanks to you personally, for your great kindness in directing and otherwise promoting the success of the matinée and evening concerts so generously volunteered for my benefit at Irving Hall, on Saturday, the 9th inst.

            I am also desirous of expressing through you how deeply sensible I am of the generosity shown by the many distinguished Artists—members of the Maretzek Italian Opera Company, of Mr. Grau’s, and of Mr. Grover’s Opera Companies—who, without solicitation, offered their valuable services in my behalf on that occasion. In like manner I am equally indebted to the resident artists, orchestral players, and chorus, whose assistance was placed entirely at your disposal. To Mr. J. G[illeg.], who assumed the business management of the concerts, and to my friends and the public, whose liberal patronage has to a very great extent, canceled the losses sustained by myself and family through the burning of the Academy of Music, my lasting gratitude is due. I am, Sir, with sincere respect, your obedient servant,

                                                                        EMIL RULLMANN.


New-York, June 10, 1866.
Messrs L. F. Harrison & Co., Proprietors of Irving Hall.

            Gentlemen: Permit me to tender you a public acknowledgement of my sincere thanks for your generosity in gratuitously placing your Hall at the disposal of the gentlemen who arranged for the Concerts in my behalf on Saturday afternoon and evening. I would also convey to the attachés of Irving Hall an expression of my appreciation of their kindness in tendering their services at both entertainments.


                        Your obedient servant,            EMIL RULLMANN.

New-York, June 10, 1866.