Draper Italian and American Opera: Doctor of Alcantara

Event Information

French Theatre

Manager / Director:
Henry Draper

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Record Information


Last Updated:
6 August 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Sep 1866, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Eichberg
Participants:  Draper Italian and American Opera;  Lizzie M. Allen [soprano] (role: Lucrezia);  E. Duchesne (role: the Doctor);  E. Warden [vocalist] (role: Balthazar);  Fanny Stockton (role: Inez);  Mina Geary


Advertisement: New-York Times, 22 September 1866, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 24 September 1866, 5.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 25 September 1866, 8.
Review: New York Herald, 26 September 1866, 7.

 “The Doctor of Alcantara was given here last night for the second time, under the present management to a very poor audience. Miss Fanny Stockton, as Inez, played and sang in a charming manner. She was frequently encored.  The Doctor (Mr. E. Duchesne) played his part very well, but the ridiculous costume in which he was attired somewhat spoiled its effect. Mr. E. Warden, as Balthazar, in buffo acting is very good, but has a tendency to rather overdo his part. Miss Lizzie Allen, as Lucrezia, was creditable, and Miss Minnie Geary was pretty good, though she seemed to suffer from nervousness. Her voice was rather thin. The opera as a whole went off very well, orchestra and chorus acting in unison with the principal actors.”

Review: New York Clipper, 29 September 1866, 198.

“On the off-nights at the French Theatre, Opera is given; a sort of half-and-half arrangement. Italian, English, and one thing or another mixed, but the public fail to appreciate Manager Draper’s efforts in the opera line, and the result is poor returns in the treasury department.”