Maretzek Italian Opera: Les Huguenots

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Max Maretzek

Carl Bergmann

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
27 April 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 Apr 1866, Evening

Program Details

Kruger and Vidal performed the “incidental ballet.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Hugenotten
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Text Author: Scribe


Advertisement: New-York Times, 28 March 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 01 April 1866, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 01 April 1866.
Review: New York Post, 04 April 1866.

     The second night of the ‘Huguenots’ was naturally, an improvement on the first, particularly as regards the performances of the choruses and orchestra. Zucchi and Mazzoleni were again favored with repeated demonstrations of applause, and deserved them. Miss Phillips acted the Page, if possible, more perfectly and naturally than on the first night, and in the two arias she had to sing was epecially [sic] felicitous. To-night she will have a better opportunity in Lucrezia.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 04 April 1866.

[Translation to come]

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 09 April 1866, 184.

[Preliminary translation]

     This opera stands above other productions not only of those by this composer but also by other modern masters. In the last 30 years, no big opera with strong dramatic expression - especially in the melodic parts - was written except maybe for Robert. However, Robert’s libretto is silly whereas the libretto of Les Huguenots is a strong point of this work. Meyerbeer gave each character its individual musical expression and therefore an accurate portrait. In addition he clearly distinguished musically between the Catholics and Protestants which are the main elements of this opera.

     The performance was rather weak; the chorus sang without “juice” (strength) except the Soldier’s chorus. The soloists Mazzoleni as Raoul, Mrs Zucchi as Valentine and Ms. Philipps as Page satisfied only partly. Philipps was too clumsy for her role, her voice was too heavy.