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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 546

updated
Saturday, 1 March 2008

FOOTLIGHT NOTES
images of theatre and other popular entertainment
1850s-1920s

Ernesto Mascagno

a carte de visite photograph of Ernesto Mascagno (fl. 1870s/1880s),
Italian dancer and ballet master

(photo: Carlo Fratacci, Naples, late 1870s)

Ernesto Mascagno created a strong impression by his dancing on New York audiences when in August 1876 he appeared at Booth's Theatre in Sardanapalus, an extravaganza based on Byron's drama, starring F.C. Bangs as the King, Dora Goldthwaite as Zarina, and Agnes Booth as Myrrha, the Ionian slave. On this occasion Mascagno was supported in a grand ballet by Mlle. Bartoletti, twenty-four 'Negro boy' and forty-eight 'extra ladies.' Early in 1877 he is reported to have joined the ballet in another extravaganza, Around the World at Niblo's Theatre, New York.

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