Grover German Opera Company: William Tell

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Manager / Director:
Leonard Grover
Adolph Neuendorff

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
16 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Feb 1867, Evening

Program Details

Made possible by the aid of the Helvetia Frohsinn and Von Weber Societies (NYH, 02/08/67); features “300 musical virtuosos” (NYH, 02/08/67).

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Rossini
Text Author: Jouy


Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 February 1867.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 February 1867, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 February 1867.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 08 February 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 09 February 1867, 8.

“The reprise of William Tell at the Olympic theatre last night brought out, as on the opening night of the German opera, the full strength of Mr. Grover’s excellent company. Mlles. Naddi, Frederici and Rotter, and Messrs. Hermanns, Himmer, Formes, Chandon, Groschel, and Armand. There was a marked improvement in many places over the first night, and the ensemble in every chorus and concerted pieces was admirable in every respect. This opera should certainly be repeated by Mr. Grover during the season, as the music is grand, yet of the popular kind, and the company enter into its spirit fully. The choruses last night were rendered in a style superior to anything given in opera this season, and the orchestra under Neuendorf much improved.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 13 February 1867.

“The best performance the German Opera has yet given us is undoubtedly that of William Tell.  We have therefore to hope that it will be heard again by an audience worthy of it. Whatever may be the precise merit of Rossini’s music (and it is high in respect to both science and inspiration), its vitality seems inexhaustible, and but little other lyrical music that rules the stage appears to be worked up with so wide a variety toward a climax, and such a powerful massing of distinct, delicate, yet emphatic, and beautiful effects. The concerted music in the second act, especially the grand scene of the Cantons, so splendidly given by the chorus Friday night—its dramatic action timing so finely in every way with the music, as it reached its explosive climax: the memorable trio on the same act, sung as no other music has been sung for many seasons, by Hermanns as Waldo Furst, Formes as Tell, and Himmer as Arnold, and we ought also to mention the fine sextett in the first act, a piece of complex dramatic music, the texture of which is altogether original and never threadbare: such passages as these may be cited in praise of the great ability with which the Germans at the Olympic have re-vocalized a powerful work.”