October 12, 1849 (Friday)

Cloudy today.

Went to the opera to hear the new opera, “Don Giovana [sic].”  It is not equal to “Norma,” altho’ the music was very good.  But Miss Rosa J.  did not sing enough.  The house was a perfect jam.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni (libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749–1838)) is the oldest opera that has continued to be performed internationally in its original form.  It was first performed in Prague (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1787.  Its U.S. debut (in English) came at New York’s Park Theatre in 1817.  Nathan has made yet another sojourn to the Walnut Street Theatre to see what David Hamilton calls “the greatest specimen of Mozart’s dramatic genius.”

Miss Rosa Jacques played the role of the peasant girl Zerlina, one of the objects of the eponymous Don Giovanni’s interest, with the other being the more sophisticated Donna Anna (played by Anne Seguin).

Sources:

“Walnut Street Theatre.” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 1849.

Hamilton, David, ed. The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the World of Opera. NewYork: Simon and Schuster, 1987.

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