Grau Italian Opera: Un ballo in maschera

Event Information

Academy of Music

Manager / Director:
Jacob Grau

Emanuele Muzio

Price: $1

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
5 August 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

13 Dec 1862, 1:00 PM

Program Details

Barili [E. or N.]

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka A Masked ball; Masked ball
Composer(s): Verdi
Text Author: Somma
Participants:  Grau Havana Opera Company;  Federico Amodio (role: Renato);  Angiolina Cordier (role: Oscar);  Catarina Morensi (role: Ulrica);  Nicolo Barili (role: Tom);  Ginerva Guerrabella (role: Amelia);  Amati Dubreuil (role: Samuel);  Pasquale Brignoli (role: Riccardo)
aka Ballo Maschera gallop
Composer(s): Muzio


Announcement: New-York Times, 08 December 1862.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 December 1862, 7.
“Last Opera Matinee.”
Announcement: New York Post, 08 December 1862.
Announcement: New York Post, 11 December 1862.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 December 1862, 7.
Cast, price.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 December 1862, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 13 December 1862, 8.
“For the last matinee, of the season Mr. Grau offers the somewhat unusual attractions of three prima donne in one opera.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 December 1862, 7.
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 13 December 1862.
Review: New-York Times, 15 December 1862, 5.

     "Mr. Grau's season of Italian opera came to an end on Saturday, when there was a capital attendance at the Academy to enjoy an excellent morning performance of 'Un Ballo in Maschera.' We need scarcely remind our readers that the impresario has more than fulfilled his promises to the public. Notwithstanding the unfavorable weather which has, of course, materially interfered with the prosperity of the enterprise, Mr. Grau has given nineteen opera nights and three matinées, playing during that time no fewer than ten operas, namely: 'La Traviata,' 'Il Trovatore,' 'Lucrezia Borgia,' 'La Favorita,' 'Un Ballo in Maschera,' 'Ernani,' and (tonight) 'I Puritani.' When it is remembered that the management was in a way thrust upon Mr. Grau, and that he had at a moment's notice to form a company from material that had been wrecked on our shore by Mr. Ullman, it will, we think, be conceded that this is doing pretty well."

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 20 December 1862, 301-302.

The benefit “went off with great eclat. … An act of Traviata was also announced, but late in the evening the audience were [sic] informed that Mme. Guerrabella had met with an accident, and would be unable to appear. The evening’s entertainment closed with a national anthem . . . composed by Mr. Charles Hodges, but did not meet with the success that gentleman anticipated.  To a large majority it seemed very stupid.”