Grover German Opera Company: Faust

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Manager / Director:
Leonard Grover

Adolph Neuendorff

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
10 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Feb 1867, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Gounod
Text Author: Barbier, Carré


Advertisement: New York Herald, 04 February 1867.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 February 1867, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 February 1867.
Review: New York Post, 06 February 1867.

“A crowded house at the Olympic last night sufficiently attested the public appreciation of the enterprise of Mr. Grover in furnishing us a season of German opera.  No manager in the country has had his experience in this line, and no one could, at so short notice, have gathered a stronger or more effective company.  ‘Faust’ was performed last evening in a very satisfactory manner.  The main interest, of course, centered on Mr. Hermanns whose Mephistopheles is as near perfection as any we have ever witnessed.  He never for a moment ceases to look and act the part he has made his own.  For the sake of those who have never seen his admirable rendition of this character, we urge Mr. Grover to give at least one more night of ‘Faust’ before the season closes.

            “By our prominent mention of Mr. Hermann we do not mean to intimate that he was an exception to a performance generally indifferent.  Exactly the reverse was the case.  The other parts were all faithfully, and, in some instances, remarkably well sustained, and the entire opera was evidently keenly enjoyed.  The orchestral portion of the performance, under the direction of Mr. Neuendorff, was excellent.

            “There has not for years been a company so well qualified to give German operas as this which Mr. Grover now has, and to doubt his success would argue a degree of insensibility or ignorance on the part of the public, which the crowded houses of last night and Monday night forbid us to assume.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 07 February 1867.

“’Faust’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ have been given with sterling success and unusual force by Grover’s German Opera Troupe, at the Olympic.”

Review: New-York Times, 11 February 1867, 5.

“‘Faust’ was the next attraction. Hermanns Frederici, Himmer and Wm. Formes composed the quartet. It would be difficult to find a better even in Germany.”