Grau Italian Opera: Dinorah

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Jacob Grau

Emanuele Muzio

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 July 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Dec 1862, Evening

Program Details

14th Subscription Night.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Dinorah; Pilgrimage of Ploërmel
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Text Author: Barbier, Carré


Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 December 1862, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 07 December 1862, 7.
“Positively Last Week . . . [I]t is utterly impossible to extend [Dinorah] beyond the present week, as the company will have to leave for Philadelphia to open the Academy there next week.”
Announcement: New-York Times, 08 December 1862.
“[P]layed tonight for the last time. The work has met with its usual success in this City. . . . It was received with enthusiasm by one set of critics – with contempt by another. In the meantime the public has slowly warmed up to its beauties, and the ‘houses,’ in consequence, continue good. We shall be disappointed if ‘Dinorah’ does not become one of the most popular operas in the Italian repertoire. Its withdrawal is rendered necessary by the arrangements of the week.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 December 1862, 7.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 08 December 1862.
Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 08 December 1862.
Announcement: New York Post, 08 December 1862.
“The unsatisfactory acting of Brignoli as Corentino has elicited no little comment. Ullman came out in a ponderous card, hinting at London and Paris contracts which would not be affected by the reception awarded to Corentino, and another semi-official announcement declares that Brignoli knew he was not adapted for the part, and only took it to oblige the amiable Grau. It is a pleasant thing to see operatic brethren dwell together in unity.” Also a section on contracts of Ristori and Titiens, who did not come to New York because of the war.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 December 1862, 7.
“Last night but three . . . Mr. Grau will endeavor to make arrangements for a second season to commence in January.”
Review: New-York Times, 09 December 1862, 4.

     "Academy of Music.--Meyerbeer's opera of 'Dinorah' was given here last evening' to a house that might have been better in point of numbers, and warmer in point of comfort. The performance was an average one; the stage direction was anything but good. In the first act, an effigy of the Virgin persisted in toppling over; in the second, the bridge, instead of breaking with the weight of Dinorah, caved in on its own private account, and compelled the heroine to commit a deliberate act of felo de se. These things are inexcusable in a well regulated establishment."

Review: New York Post, 09 December 1862, 2.
“’Dinorah’ last night appeared to pleased better than hitherto, and with a large portion of the opera going public is already a great favorite.”