Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881


Festival performance in the Estates Theatre

Aufführungsort: Estates Theatre

Parent Event:
Musical entertainment given by ensemble of the Infantry Regiment of Baron Wernhardt

Programmsorte: Art music culture

Datum: 06/04/1851 7pm

Spielzeit: Lent

Programme comprising:

  • Estates Theatre chorus: participating ensemble, chorus
  • Estates Theatre orchestra: participating orchestra
TAUWITZ, Eduard : Festival Overture, orch
KITTL, Jan Bedřich : Overture and act 2 from opera Bianca und Giuseppe, solo vv, chorus, orch
TAUWITZ, Eduard : incidental music to festival play by J.C. Hickel, vv, orch


This entertainment formed part of the festivities celebrating the opening on 6th April 1851 of the Prague to Dresden railway. The Tagesanzeiger text of Bohemia 6/4/1851 listed all related events taking place in the city on that day. At 5am a train left from Prague to Bodenbach. At 5pm a banquet was given in the Spanish Hall [Španělský sál / spanischen Saale] of Prague Castle [Bohemia 10/4/1851 reported that this event was lit by 3640 candles]. In the illuminated [Estates] Theatre at 7pm would be performed a Festive Overture by Tauwitz, the Overture and act 2 from Kittl’s ‘Bianka und Giuseppe [Bianca und Giuseppe], followed by a ‘Festival play with song, dance and animated decorations [Festspiel mit Gesang, Tanz und wandelnden Dekorationen’ in one act by Hickel, music by Tauwitz. At 9pm evening in the Žofín Hall a [dance-]reunion.

Zusammenfassung der Quellen:

Bohemia, ein Unterhaltungsblatt (06/04/1851)
Bohemia, ein Unterhaltungsblatt (10/04/1851)