WEBER, Carl Maria von.  Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden.
WEBER, Carl Maria von. Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden. This present Friday, Feb. 27, 1829, will be acted, the Opera of Oberon. The Overture and the Whole of the Music composed by the late Carl Maria Von Weber, expressly for this Theatre … After which, 4th time, a historical Drama, in two Acts, (taken from the French)—with Music, called the Battle of Pultawa; or, the King and the Czar … The Music composed and selected by Mr. Watson …
[London:] Printed by W. Reynolds … [1829].  
Playbill (353 x 217 mm); a little creased and soiled at extremities.
‘The Opera of Oberon was last Tuesday, honoured by an immense Overflow from every Part of the Theatre the Moment the Doors were opened—it will be repeated this Evening & Tuesday next, which will be the only Nights it can be acted on account of the Production of Rossini’s new Opera …’ By 1824, Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826) had already firmly established himself as a pillar of Romantic opera. Seeing this, the manager of Covent Garden, Charles Kemble, commissioned him in August of that year to write an opera for the English stage. The composer chose Oberon as his subject and set to work immediately despite his poor health and reservations about the English stage. Despite Weber’s misgivings, it proved a massive success and continued to be performed long after its debut. The 1829 production received particularly glowing reviews: Miss Paton made her re-appearance at [Covent Garden Theatre], after an absence of two years from the stage, in her old character of Reiza, in the opera of Oberon. The house presented the most crowded audience of the season; and, a large proportion being lovers of good music, the overture to the piece, which was performed with masterly precision and delicacy, received a rapturous encore … and through the whole [of the opera], there is a unity of design which manifests the contrivance of the master, and the imagination of a poetical musician (Examiner, no. 1100, pp. 132–133).
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