[Ladies' Ticket] [American Academy of Music]
1857 American Academy of Music Grand Ball and Concert Ticket
Original Ladies' Ticket to the 1857 Grand Ball and Promenade Concert at the opening of the American Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The verso of the ticket features a lithograph by Henry Sartain of the newly-built Academy, designed by N. LeBrun and G. Runge. Slightly irregular toning to a rectangular area; otherwise fine. 5 x 3.5 inches (13 x 8.8 cm).
On January 26, 1857, the American Academy of Music held the Grand Ball and Promenade Concert of its opening. The first opera presented in the brand new opera house was Verdi’s Il trovatore on February 25, 1857. The academy was also the location of the American premieres of Gounod's Faust in 1863 and Puccini's Madama Butterfly in 1907. An architectural competition for the Academy's design was announced in October 1854 and was won by the Philadelphia firm of Napoleon LeBrun and Gustavus Runge. A style of architecture that originated in Runge's native Germany now known as Rundbogenstil ("round arch style") was used for the exterior here and in a number of American buildings of the Civil War Era.