Event Information

Thalia Theater

Proprietor / Lessee:
Eduard Härting

Price: $1 orchestra reserved; $1.50 balcony; $.75 first tier; $.60 balcony reserved; $.50 parquet; $.30 second tier; $10 private booth (for 6 people)

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Last Updated:
28 October 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Gounod
Text Author: Barbier, Carré
Participants:  Marie Frederici;  Franz Himmer (role: Faust);  Sophie Dziuba;  Wilhelm Formes;  Josef Chandon


Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 03 January 1867, 8.

Only a small audience was attracted probably due to earliness in the new year. The house was only half-filled. The new bassist Chandon sang beautifully; however, it was obvious when experiencing his acting and presentation that he lacks experience on the opera stage. In general, the Thalia Theater is not appropriate for opera performances. The stage is too small for the elaborate opera decorations.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 07 January 1867.

“The Germans at the Thalia Theatre have opened a season of opera, which in the interest of the great and distinctive music, Germans have so much at heart, we trust is to be well sustained. We are led to hope that a German season will reacquaint us with many grand works which the fashion of the day ignores as almost obsolete, but which are still cherished with a studious enthusiasm by those who, seeking music at the source instead of at the reservoir, will drink and be refreshed from fountains undefiled. The managers of the Thalian opera may do so much for us if they win encouragement, and we trust they will. They have a German audience to satisfy, to whose intelligent hunger for sound and substantial music our ordinary opera-going is simply a taste, wanting in earnestness and appetite. They will not present us the best singers, but we shall probably hear the best music; and if it is fairly and carefully rendered, a public whose mind must be charmed as well as its superficial senses, must not be dissatisfied.”

Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 30 December 1867, 4.

The other German ensemble will consist of some French opera ensemble members and also of members of Grover’s ensemble. It will be led by Mr. Armand, the tenore robusto of the French opera. The performances will take place at the Thalia Theater which seems too small in stage and auditorium for opera.