Muzio Italian Opera: Il trovatore—Garibaldi Fund Benefit

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Price: $1; $1.50 reserved

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Record Information


Last Updated:
23 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Jul 1866, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Troubadour
Composer(s): Verdi
Text Author: Cammarano
Participants:  Muzio Italian Opera;  Amalia Patti Strakosch (role: Azucena);  Domenico Coletti;  Fernando [bass-baritone] Bellini (role: Count De Luna);  Giuseppe Tamaro (role: Manrico);  Francis Tabacchi (role: Leonora)


Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 16 July 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 17 July 1866, 7.
Advertisement: New York Post, 17 July 1866.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 17 July 1866.
Review: New-York Times, 18 July 1866, 5.

“An exceedingly benevolent audience assembled last night at Niblo’s Garden for the dual purpose of assisting the laudable enterprise of Italian unification and listening to the somewhat familiar work of ‘Trovatore.’ We doubt if the Garibaldi Fund was materially benefited, and we are quite certain that no one person in the house heard the whole of ‘Trovatore.’ That fickle-minded tenor, Massimiliani, did not appear—he never does when specially announced; but little Tamaro made an agreeable, though not forcible, substitute.  Bellini was the star of the evening. His entrance was greeted with prolonged and genuine applause, and his carriage during the entire evening demanded and received the most enthusiastic applause. He wisely declined repeating ‘Il Balen,’ although the D. H.’s that fringed the dress circle insisted upon it long after the few bona fides had subsided. Mme. Francis Tabacchi, the Leonora of the occasion, is a pleasant but tender plant, and her voice was found insufficient for the exigencies of the occasion.  Mme. Amalia Patti (used to be Strakosch) reappeared in her favorite role of Azucena, meeting with her usual fortune.  A united orchestra, not to mention a united chorus, would be quite as agreeable to the patrons of the opera as this scheme for a united Italy.”