Documenting Teresa Carreño

Platt's Music Hall (May 12, 1875)


Carreño appeared at Platt's Music Hall in San Francisco, California with the Ilma de Murska Troupe. The featured performer was Ilma de Murska (voice). Additional artists included Émile Sauret (violin) and Signor Mancusi (voice).


Announcement: Daily Alta California, 13 May 1875, 1.


Kijas, Anna


Daily Alta California, May 13, 1875.
(Amusements.) M'lle Ilma De Murska, whose coming has been awaited with unusual expectancy and public interest, made her first appearance in San Francisco last evening. Platt's Hall was extremely well filled with an audience composing the rank and file of fashion, together with many of our leading musicians and lovers of the art generally. Under such circumstances did M'lle De Murska make her debut, which was a brilliant and complete success. The first ten notes were sufficient to determine that she was indeed a "nightingale," and that her marvellous vocal qualities had not been overrated. Her singing is certainly bird-like--charming in its natural sweetness, and faultless in its expression. Her voice is clear, and capable of extreme range in the upper register, and her style is simply perfect. Some of the runs and trills were so beautifully executed that the audience, unable to restrain their admiration, burst forth into applause in the midst of the music. Her first piece, "Carnival of Venice," with variations (Beneditti), was also the most difficult one; but her rendering was so thoroughly good that, at its close, the hall rang with applause. Her second number was Abt's beautiful song, "Gude Nacht die Mein Herrigas Kind," and her third, Variations by Proch. In each of these she repeated her success, and was rapturously encored.

Mons. Emile Sauret is a violinist of rare excellence, and his performances more than realized the expectations of the audience. His execution is magnificent, and he gives much expression to his playing.

Madame Carreno Sauret is a skillful and artistic, pianiste, and her efforts were well received by the audience, and encored in each instance.

Owing to the sudden hoarseness of Sig. Grammona, the public were deprived of the pleasure of hearing him last night, and in the emergency Sig. Mancusi was engaged in his stead. "Largo al factotum" was rather too strong an effort for him, but in the closing duet with M'lle De Murska he sang to better advantage. Altogether, the audience last evening was deservedly well pleased, and the De Murska Troupe have reason to be the same. Their second concert will take place to-morrow (Friday) evening.


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