Armand German Opera: Stradella

Event Information

Thalia Theater

Proprietor / Lessee:
Eduard Härting

Manager / Director:
Johann Armand [tenor, director]

Adolph Neuendorff

Price: $10 boxes; $1.50 orchestra chairs, dress circle reserved; $1 parquet, dress circle; $.50 family circle

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Record Information


Last Updated:
25 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Groschel and Formes sang the roles of Malvolio and Barbarino, but it is unclear who was which.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Flotow
Text Author: Friedrich


Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 January 1867.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 January 1867.

Bertha Johannsen’s debut.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 January 1867, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 22 January 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 23 January 1867.

“Flotow was the attraction last night at two theatres, the Olympic and Thalia. At the latter one of his best, most melodious and sparkling works, ‘Stradella,’ was given. Madame Johannsen appeared as Leonore, Himmer as Stradella, Groodel [sic] and W. Formes as the robbers, and Ulrichs as Bassi. There is not an artist on the operatic stage whose voice has held its own prima donna standard longer than Madame Johannsen’s. Last night she sang splendidly, displaying the thorough artist in bringing out the strong, brilliant points of her voice and avoiding the weak ones.  Franz Himmer made a very good Stradella, and the robbers were excellent—that is in voice and acting—not in character. The houses at this theatre are growing beautifully less each night through the neglect of our German population. This neglect is the more unjust as the management produces the best operas of the German school, and although there are many defects and few of the artists are remarkably brilliant, still there is enough to encourage them to still greater efforts. As it is now, it is struggling against fate.”

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 02 February 1867, 392.

“Flotow’s Stradella was brillianty sung by Johannsen as Leonore and Himmer as Stradella, together with William Formes, Ulriches and others.”