Bateman Inaugural Concert: 6th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

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

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Event Type:

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
7 December 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

07 Nov 1866, 8:00 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 Freischutz, Der. Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle; And even if clouds; Agathe’s prayer; Preghiera
Composer(s): Weber
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
Composer(s): Boott
Text Author: Mackay
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
aka Prayer; Preghiera; Mose in Egitto, Dal tuo stellato soglio; O esca viatorum
Composer(s): Rossini
aka Adelaida
Composer(s): Beethoven
Participants:  Pasquale Brignoli
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Pasquale Brignoli
Composer(s): Balfe
Text Author: Pepoli
Participants:  Signor Ferranti
aka Fop, The
Composer(s): Mattei
Participants:  Signor Ferranti
aka Di Luna’s aria; Tempest of the heart; Tutto è deserto; That ringing!
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Signor Fortuna
Composer(s): Mills
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
Composer(s): Mills
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
aka Introduction
Composer(s): Hérold
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra


Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 November 1866, 7.

Includes programme.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 November 1866, 7.

Includes programme and performers.

Announcement: New-York Times, 07 November 1866, 4.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 07 November 1866.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 07 November 1866.
Review: New York Herald, 08 November 1866, 4.

“The announcement of the closing of the season of the Bateman concerts on Saturday had some effect, perhaps, in increasing last night’s audience.  The ground floor and the first balcony of the hall were crowded, and there were very few vacant seats. The dashing overture to Zampa was played by Mr. Thomas’ orchestra with brilliancy and élan. In Beethoven’s Adelaide, Signor Brignoli’s flute-like tenor was heard to advantage, and Madame Parepa surpassed her previous efforts in her beautiful rendering of the air Und ob die Wolke from the Freischutz. The other artists were also very successful.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 November 1866, 2.

“The Bateman Concert last evening was a fine artistic success, although the musical importance of these concerts is by no means fully appreciated by the public. As a company we have had no such artistic combination for many years. Parepa alone by the magical beauty of her voice, and the spell of her perfect mastery of every vocal resource and refinement, should alone be sufficient attraction to crowd Steinway’s Hall whenever she appears. But when we consider the other attractions, Brignoli, who is to-day a greater favorite with our public than ever, Mr. S. B. Mills, a pianist in the first class, Signor Ferranti, Signor Fortuna, Carl Rosa, Mr. J. L. Hatton, and a large orchestra directed by Mr. Theo. Thomas, we feel surprised that even the vast proportions of the new Hall should be able to accommodate those desirous to listen to these first-class admirable concerts.”

Review: Courrier des États-Unis, 09 November 1866.

“The news that M. Bateman was going to end his season this week has redoubled the public’s eagerness. Yesterday and the day before, M. Steinway’s hall was packed. The day before yesterday, M. Brignoli sang a piece from Beethoven’s Adelaide like a god, and Mlle Parepa sang the aria from the Freischutz like the muse of music herself. The splendid overture to Zampa was splendidly executed by M. Thomas’s orchestra.”