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Revisiting Don Giovanni

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On 29 September 1787, Mozart wrote a letter to his brother-in-law, Johann Baptist Franz Berchtold zu Sonnenburg to say he would be leaving early for Prague. This casual remark makes no mention of the fact that Mozart was travelling with his wife Constanze to direct the world premiere of the opera Don Giovanni (K527) which…

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Where did Mozart live in Prague?

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While Vienna was undoubtedly Mozart’s creative home, the city of Prague opened its arms to him in the 1780s and received him as the composer of ‘Figaro’, which was given its Czech premiere in the Estates Theatre in 1786, to overwhelming success. This particular appreciation for Mozart’s music was peculiar to a late eighteenth century…

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Where Mozart drank in Prague?

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Cafés and historic pubs remain fascinating experiences for the curious. Rich in tradition and local legends, they have invariably become interlinked with a variety of personalities who have in their own way, helped to shape a city’s cultural identity. Like an intellectual life-blood to the city’s artistic mind, some have attracted leading philosophers and writers,…

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What Mozart played on in Prague

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Whilst most original instruments associated with Mozart now reside in Salzburg, owned by the International Mozarteum Foundation, other instruments on which he played are also of historical interest, not least because they offer an insight into his improvisational process at a particular point in his musical creativity. Some of these instruments were invariably cathedral or…

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As well as Don Giovanni: Tracing Mozart in Czechia

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The names of Mozart and Prague will be forever linked by the most famous work that he wrote for Prague, his opera Don Giovanni. Mozart, Don Giovanni’s musical father, wrote the monumental opera in 1787. Composed with a Prague audience specifically in mind, Mozart is reputed to have remarked “my Praguers understand me” – something…

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‘Lost’ Mozart and Salieri work performed again in Prague

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A small joint collaboration between the authors was hiding in plain sight since 1950 A musical collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri that was long considered lost has been found in a Czech music archives. While fictional accounts such as the play and film Amadeus portray the two as bitter rivals, the newly…

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Mozart and Salieri song discovered in archives

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The rivals of the film ‘Amadeus’ apparently collaborated on music in real life A musical composition co-written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri was found after more than 200 years by employees of the Czech Museum of Music in Prague. The work will be presented to the media next week. It is reportedly a…

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The Magic Flute at the Estates Theatre

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A rather busy production sees an inebriated Mozart entering his own work The Magic Flute  (Die Zauberflöte) By W.A. Mozart When: Feb 15, 27; March 11, April 3, and June 16 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 15 also at 2 p.m.; May 15 at 8 p.m. Where: Estates Theatre www.narodni-divadlo.cz The stage director, Vladimír Morávek, has taken a…

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Opera: The Magic Flute returns to the Estates Theatre

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Mozart’s final opera will be in the original German with a new staging The intriguing story of The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), one of Mozart’s most loved works, will be retold by innovative Czech director Vladimír Morávek and staged in a fantastical world of collages by designer Miroslav Huptych. The premiere, musically prepared by Jaroslav…

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Tracing the steps of Mozart in Prague

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The famed composer spent just a few months in the city but left a wide trail For all of the talk about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Prague, the composer actually spent very little time here. The composer was in the Golden City just five times, and some of those trips were rather brief. The Moravian…

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