Documenting Teresa Carreño

Debut at Boston Music Hall (January 2, 1863)


For her Boston debut, Carreño performed Grand Fantasia and Variations on Bellini's "Norma," op. 12 (Thalberg, Sigismond), Souvenir d'Il Trovatore de Verdi, op. 79 (Goria, Alexandre Édouard), Variations on "Home! Sweet Home!," op. 72 (Thalberg), and Nocturne (Döhler, Theodor). According to a reviewer, she also performed two unidentified pieces by Louis M. Gottschalk as an encore.

She was aided by Miss Matilda Phillipps (vocalist) and the Germania Orchestra. Tickets were sold for $0.50. Concert began at 7:30 pm. 



AnnouncementBoston Evening Transcript, 1 January 1863, 2.

AdvertisementBoston Evening Transcript, 1 January 1863, 3.

AnnouncementBoston Evening Transcript, 2 January 1863, 6.

ReviewDwight's Journal of Music, 10 January 1863, 327.

ReviewThe Daily Palladium, 14 January 1863, 2. [Reprinted from Boston Journal, January 3, 1863.]



Kijas, Anna


Boston Evening Transcript, January 1, 1863.

Teresa Carreno.--Never was the press of New York so unanimous in praise of an artiste on her first appearance as in the case of Teresa Carreño. Her wonderful genius astonished them, and her happy, cheerful manner took them captive. She is a perfect sunbeam, which dispels the [?] of coercion on the part of her parents. This little wonder arrived at the Tremont House this morning in good health and spirits. We feel confident that she will create a furor on Friday evening [Jan. 2].

Boston Evening Transcript, January 1, 1863.

Boston Music Hall. Friday Evening, January 2, 1863. Grand Concert. Miss Teresa Carreno aided by Miss Matilda Phillipps and the Germania Orchestra. Professor Baumbach will preside at the Piano Forte.

Part First.

1. Overture to Felsenmuheler - Rissiger

Germania Orchestra

2. La Malinconia - Italian Song - F. Campana

Miss Matilda Phillipps

3. Notturne in D flat - Dohler

Miss Teresa Carreno

4. Pieta Signore - Italian Song - Stradella

Miss Matilda Phillipps

5. Fantasie Sur Norma - Thalberg

Miss Teresa Carreno 

Part Second.

6. Concert Overture - Kallowada

Germania Orchestra

7. Bridal Bells - English Song - Crouch 

Miss Matilda Phillipps

8. Fantasie Sur Trovatore - Goria

Miss Teresa Carreno

9. Ah s'estinto ancor mi vuol - Cavatina - Mercadanto

Miss Matilda Phillipps

10. Home, Sweet Home - Thalberg

Miss Teresa Carreno 

Tickets, with Reserved Seats, 50 cents. For sale at the Music Store of Henry Tolmann & Co. No. 291 Washington Street, and at the doors on the evening of concert. Doors open at 7 o'clock. Concert commences at 7 1/2 o'clock. 

Boston Evening Transcript, January 2, 1863.

Concert Tonight. Miss Teresa Carreno will give a pianoforte concert at the Music Hall tonight, and there will be a good attendance, as much interest has been excited in musical circles, by the accounts that have reached us through private letters and the press of New York. At a rehearsal this morning she astonished some amateurs by her truly wonderful execution, for a child of her age.


Dwight's Journal of Music, January 10, 1863.

Little Miss Teresa Carreno is indeed a wonder. We do not care much for “prodigies,” but this one did interest us. A child of nine years, with fine head and face full of intelligence, rather Spanish looking (she is from Caracas), runs upon the stage of the great Music Hall, has a funny deal of difficulty in getting herself upon the seat before the Grand Piano, runs her fingers over the keyboard like a virtuoso, and then plays you a difficult Notturno by Doehler, with octave passages and all, not only clearly and correctly, but with true expression. It would charm you even where she not a child. Off she runs again, fast as eye can follow, till arrested for an encore, when she plays some little Gottschalk thing as gracefully almost as he would. Again she plays a yet more formidable piece, Thalberg’s Fantasia on Norma, full of all kinds of difficulties; this too with brilliancy, with nice shading, with expression, her chords struck square and even, like a master, &c. There can be no doubt of real talent here; may it only have wise training, and not be early wasted before publics! It is too precious for continual exposure. Such gifts are of God, and ought not to be prostituted for mere gain.

The Daily Palladium, January 14, 1863. 

A black eyed, black haired, handsome, dignified (for her years) little girl of eight years, steps upon the stage alone, proceeds quietly and quickly to the piano, arranges herself upon the stool, (the hardest part of her task, apparently,) runs her fingers up and down the piano, in accordance with the usual custom, and immediately dashes off with her performance. This over, the little genius makes a bow and runs off the platform, as youth of her age are most apt to do on other occasions. This is Teresa Carreno [sic], the idol of thousands in New York, and sure to become a pet here. The music she performed embraced the most difficult of compositions, consisting of the fantasias upon 'Norma' by Thalberg, 'Trovatore' by Goria, and 'Home, Sweet Home' by Thalberg, to which was added a Nocturne by Dohler, and in answer to encores two of Gottschalk's compositions. A task truly; but it was accomplished with ease; all the mechanical difficulties were thoroughly mastered, and there was nothing lacking. More we could say upon a theme so full of pleasant memories, but space forbids. 




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