Grover German Opera: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Adolph Neuendorff

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Record Information


Last Updated:
21 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Feb 1867, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Grover German Opera Company;  Johanna Rotter (role: Anna Page);  Bertha Johannsen (role: Mrs. Ford);  Marie Frederici (role: Mrs. Page);  Joseph Hermanns (role: Falstaff)
aka Merry Wives of Windsor; Merry Wives of Windsor, The; Falstaff
Composer(s): Nicolai
Text Author: Mosenthal


Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 February 1867.
Announcement: New-York Times, 11 February 1867, 5.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 February 1867, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 11 February 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 12 February 1867, 10.

“The reprise of Nicolai’s charming opera the Merry Wives of Windsor, by Mr. Leonard Grover’s German company last evening, was a most decided success.  The Olympic theatre was crowded in every part.  The opera is peculiarly merry and laughable, and the music throughout very brilliant, and therefore is eminently suited to the capacities of Mr. Grover’s company. Mr. Hermans’ Falstaff was decidedly the event of the evening, his singing being all that could be desired and his representation of the amorous, obese knight a really fine piece of acting. Mesdames Johannsen, Marie Frederici and Rotter as Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Page and Miss Anna Page filled their parts admirably and gained from the audience unequivocal signs of approval. The orchestra, under the leadership of M. Neuendorf, deserves the highest praise. While the same care and accuracy continue to be maintained by both vocalists and instrumentalists as characterized last evening’s performance there can be no doubt that German, opera in the hands of the present manager, will be a lasting success.”