Suppé is Southerner – he needs a deep blue sky, warm, fragrant air, hot-blooded people, vibrant colours, glowing sunshine and moonlight and magical nights to decorate his musical sensations. He found it all in A Trip To Africa!
(Morgen Post, 18th March 1883)
Suppé’s latest opera “A Trip to Africa” will help the composer’s popularity to increase, because the majority of the marches, waltzes, solos and ensemble pieces included in the Operetta will so easily please the ears of the crowds. Through the medium of military bands and street organs we soon expect those melodies to become property of our youths and people on the streets.
(Neue Freie Press, 18th March 1883)
So we travel back to Africa! Suppé is at his best since “Fatinitza” and “Boccaccio”. He is cheerful, lively, witty, he brings fresh, joyful melodies and adds on top of that a pair of intimate love songs.
(Wiener Salonblatt, 18th March 1883)
A newcomer in the theatre would say it was an unheard of success; we add, a shouting and noise that you almost forfeited the hearing! Everything and everyone were applauded, cheered; you just distinguish the forte of the Opera under the fortissimo of the public!
(Wiener Zeitung, 19th March 1883)
A light, funny and – thing that was previously almost unthinkable – quite decent libretto (by Richard Genée and Moritz West) and a peculiar, mostly characteristic, often downright brilliant music, rich in lovely vocal numbers characterise A Trip to Africa.
(Lyra, Vienna 1st April 1883)
Suppé always achieves instrumental efficacy, as in general the nature of its instrumentation has a very peculiar charm. Even if it is what we consider familiar it has a new guise. And he really knows how to dress it nicely with pleasant successful couplets, sparkling dance rhythms and finely composed ensemble sets.
(Salzburger Volksblatt , 20th October 1885)
American and European Reviews
This is a most amusing comic opera, produced with splendid scenic effects, and the music is delightfully enchanting.
(Cambridge Chronicle,Massachusetts 22nd March 1884)
This charming opera has had a long run, but not longer than it deserves. The music is pleasing, the singing excellent, the acting spirited, the scenery beautiful, the costumes gorgeous and the stage setting very artistic.
(Cambridge Chronicle,Massachusetts 26th April 1884)
The immediate production of Suppé’s tuneful and amusing comic opera A Trip to Africa is promising, having music and fun enough in it to keep it on the boards an indefinite period.
(Daily Alta California, 30th March 1884)
A Trip to Africa is a piquant opera, and that is what all the papers, both German and English, write about it; and we do not hesitate to endorse their opinion…
(Chigagoer Arbeiter Zeitung, 2nd June 1884)
The music is said to be bright, sparkling, vivacious, and catchy.
(The Argonaut, N.15, Jan-Jun 1884)
The music is inventive and witty…
(Svensk Musiktidning, Sweden, 1st March 1885)
The piece is certainly well done and a visit to it will result in satisfying both the eye and the ear.
(New York Dramatic Mirror, 1884-1886)
A Trip to Africa is, in short, one of the brightest and most musical of modern light opera.
(Sacramento Daily Union, 15th October 1892)
One of von Suppé’s operas that is both pretty and rich. It contains more refreshing music than several of his other works combined, and in the matter of ensembles, rich choruses, fine orchestration, beautiful numbers, there are but few works that can equal it. It is full of spirit and brilliancy,and the scenic equipment is superb.
(Philadelphia Inquirer 29th August 1897)
The Production was one of the handsomest the company has given, the scenery and costumes being beautiful.
(The New York Clipper, 1st October 1897)
The music is very tuneful and in quality above the average, while the story is amply amusing
(Brooklyn Life from Brooklyn, 24th September 1898)
The melodies run into tuneful success in a drinking song, a sneezing chorus, and some clever dance music.
(New York Times, 27th September 1898)