Documenting Teresa Carreño

Teatro Tacón (April 12, 1863)


Carreño appeared in Havana at the Teatro Tacón. According to biographer, Marta Milinowski, she performed Nocturne in E-flat major (Chopin, Fryderyk), Fantasia (4-hd) (Pixis, Johann Peter), Jota de los Toreros (Yradier, Sebastian) with her father, and Fantasia on Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," op. 8 (Prudent, Émile). She played on a Chickering piano.


Review: New York Herald, 1 May 1863, 5.

Secondary Source: Marta Milinowski, Teresa Carreño, "By the Grace of God." (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1940): 57.


Kijas, Anna


New York Herald, May 1, 1863.

[News from Havana, dated April 18, 1863]

The little pianist Teresita Carreno has met with wonderful success. Her concert inst. Sunday night at the Tacon drew one of the largest assemblages I ever saw in Havana. The house was crowded from floor to dome, and every one appeared delighted and astonished at the wonderful performance of this interesting child. Another concert takes place tonight [April 18], and on next Sunday [April 26] she makes her appearance in Matanzas. Among those who assisted the little artist was one who deserves a notice for the extraordinary perfection with which he plays the violin. The name of this gentlemen is Vandergucht. I cannot conceive anything better than this performance. Possibly Paganini was superior, or it may be that Ole Bull surpasses him. I never heard either; but of all the good violinists I have ever heard, none can surpass, and few can come near, Vandergucht. He ought to go to New York.


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