Armand German Opera: La dame blanche

Event Information

Venue(s):
Thalia Theater

Proprietor / Lessee:
Eduard Härting

Manager / Director:
Johann Armand [tenor, director]

Conductor(s):
Adolph Neuendorff

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

Event Type:
Opera

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
27 October 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Sung in German.

Performers and/or Works Performed

1)
aka White lady, The; Weisse Dame, Die
Composer(s): Boieldieu
Text Author: Scribe
Participants:  Armand German Opera;  Sophie Dziuba (role: Jenny);  Natalie Seelig (role: Anna);  Wilhelm Groschel [tenor and conductor] (role: George Brown);  Josef Chandon (role: Gaveston);  Heinrich Kronfeldt (role: Dixon);  F. C. Urchs;  Marie Frederici (role: Margaretha)

Citations

1)
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 11 January 1867.

Full cast list included.

2)
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 11 January 1867.
3)
Review: New York Herald, 12 January 1867, 4.

“The German language is hardly suited for even light, sparkling music and is painfully suggestive of lockjaw. Miss Seelig, who represented the White Lady, has a disagreeable habit of attacking the notes in a spasmodic, we might say savage, manner that betrays want of cultivation in the voice. If Mr. Groschel would abstain from forcing his voice to a bawling degree, he would do justice to that excellent organ. The charming Miss Laurentis [sic] as Jenny was very acceptable, and managed to unite the incongruous elements of French and German pretty well. Mr. Chaudon was excellent, the orchestra ditto, and the chorus suggestive of a charity school exhibition.”

4)
Review: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 19 January 1867, 377.

“The performance was not bad and economically successful. Despite the flaws, especially in the orchestra, the passion of the artists was obvious and delightful. The performances are not worse than the ones before, only the theater is too small.”