Bateman Inaugural Concert: 4th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
H. L. [impressario] Bateman

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $1; $1.50 reserved

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
7 December 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 Nov 1866, 12:00 PM

Program Details

This concert series is called "inaugural" because it constitutes the first performances at the new Steinway Hall.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Robert! Robert! toi que j'aime ; Robert toi que j’aime; Robert, all I love!
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Text Author: Scribe, Delavigne
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
aka I cannot sing the songs of old
Composer(s): Barnard
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
Composer(s): Barnard
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
aka Far from gay Paris
Composer(s): Verdi
Composer(s): Hatton
Text Author: Williams
Composer(s): Traventi
Participants:  Signor Ferranti
aka Già la luna è in mezzo al mare; Gia la luna e in mezzo al mare; Tarantella napolitana
Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Signor Ferranti
aka Fop, The
Composer(s): Mattei
Participants:  Signor Ferranti
aka Is it thou?; Renato's aria
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Signor Fortuna
aka Mendelssohn's Wedding march; Fantasie on Midsummer night's dream
Composer(s): Liszt
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
Composer(s): Mills
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
aka Souvenir d'Haydn
Composer(s): Léonard
Participants:  Carl Rosa
aka Poet and peasant overture
Composer(s): Suppé
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra
Composer(s): Mozart
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra


Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 November 1866.

Program included.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 November 1866.

Includes performers and program.

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 03 November 1866.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 03 November 1866.
Review: New York Herald, 04 November 1866, 5.

      “The first matinee in the magnificent new Steinway Hall, yesterday, was attended by a very large audience, mostly composed of ladies, and therefore fashionable. We have seldom seen a matinee audience so enthusiastic and appreciative, for the efforts of the artists were applauded nearly as much as at the evening concerts. Signor Brignoli sang “Good bye, Sweetheart,” for the first time. A more charming ballad has rarely been presented at a concert and by it alone the composer, Mr. J. L. Hatton, would have acquired lasting honors as a balladist. Sims Reeves created a furore in England by singing it, and we doubt not but Signor Brignoli will have to repeat it often during the Bateman season here. His pronunciation of the words was better than we expected, and his admirable command of expression and clear bell like voice appeared to the best advantage in it.  We liked his smooth rendering of the flowing melody better even than Reeves, for the latter was in the habit of singing his peculiar sforzato notes to excess in it.  There was of course, an encore. Parepa sang ‘Robert, toi que j’aime,’ and Claribel’s beautiful songs, ‘I cannot sing the old songs’ and ‘Five o’clock in the morning.’ Her versatility is indeed a marvel. A grand aria from an oratorio or opera, a German lied, a French chansonette, an English ballad, or any other possible species of vocal composition seems to be equally familiar to her. In tarantellas, Signor Ferranti appears to be in his native element.  His action, voice, and rendering is exuberant with fun and humor, and it would be difficult to find his equal as a buffo singer in these pieces. Signor Fortuna’s baritone is always enjoyable, and he has the style of a true artist. Mr. Carl Rosa played Lenard’s ‘Souvenir d’Haydn’ in excellent style. No severest test could hardly be given a violinist than the passage where, on the same instrument, the air is played legato and the accompaniment Staccato. Mr. Rosa accomplished the feat successfully. Mr. Mills played the fantasia on the Wedding March, and as an encore his last composition, ‘Murmuring Fountain.’ He threw into the latter piece more strength and terror, tempered with delicate feeling, than ever heard him play before. The orchestra, under Mr. Thomas, played the Poet and Peasant Overture and Figaro’s Marriage Overture.”

: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 November 1866, 8.

"The event was very well attended with the ladies in majority. Brignoli’s excellently performed ballad 'Goodbye, sweetheart' moved the ladies into ecstasy."