Grau Italian Opera: Il trovatore

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Jacob Grau

Price: $1

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
23 March 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Nov 1862, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Dedicated to Madame Guerrabella.

Barili could be Nicolò Barili, the basso, who was in Grau’s Havana Opera Company in 1862 (See VBL3, p.470) or Ettore, baritone, who also performed with the Grau Company.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Troubadour
Composer(s): Verdi
Text Author: Cammarano


Announcement: New-York Times, 13 November 1862.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 13 November 1862.
Announcement: New-York Times, 14 November 1862.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 November 1862, 7.
Time, price.
Announcement: New York Herald, 15 November 1862, 4.
“That charming artist, Madame Guerrabella, repeats the role of Leonora, in which she won so much applause on her second appearance, at today’s matinee. She will be supported by the new contralto, Mlle. Morensi, and Brignoli, whose míserere is in itself a treat to hear.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 November 1862, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 15 November 1862, 8.
“Mr. Grau gives the first matinée of the season to-day, and dedicates it to Madame Guerrabella. The opera selected for the occasion is ‘Il Trovatore,’ in which the lady made so marked a success on Wednesday last. . . . To avoid, as far as possible, any undue crowding, Mr. Grau allows his patrons to secure their seats without extra charge.”
Review: New York Herald, 17 November 1862, 2.
Review of the first week in general. “The houses, Saturday’s matinee included, have been excellent, and the receipts show a considerable surplus above the expenditures – an encouraging fact, considering the quakings with which the season was entered upon. . . . Guerrabella has captured the hearts of the Academy audiences by her personal attractions and her dramatic talents. Madame Lorini Whiting has, with fewer physical advantages, won a still securer standing with them by an organ of beautiful quality and high artistic cultivation, and Mlle. Morensi has enlisted their sympathies by her splendid natural gifts, her modesty, her intelligence and her professional earnestness.”
Review: New-York Times, 17 November 1862, 5.

Very brief mention.  “The first week of Mr. Grau’s season . . . was brought to a brilliant conclusion by Saturday’s matinee.”