Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Benefit concert given in aid of the Prague Institute for the Poor

Venue: Estates Theatre

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 25/03/1862 7pm

Season: Lent

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • Estates Theatre orchestra: participating orchestra

Part 1:

CHERUBINI, Luigi : Overture to opera Les Abencérages, orch
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix : unspecified concert aria, v, orch
     • Kainz-Prausová, Emilie : v
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix : Psalm 95 Kommt, lasst uns anbeten, solo vv, chorus, orch, 46
     • Kainz-Prausová, Emilie : v Miková-Bennewitzová, Emilie : v Bachmann, Eduard : v
SPOHR, Louis : aria unspecified, from opera Faust, v, orch
     • Ehrenbergů, Eleonora z : v

Part 2:

WEBER, Carl Maria von : Overture to opera Oberon, orch, J306
BERLIOZ, Hector : cantata La fuite en Egypte, v, orch
     • Bernard, Joseph Karl : v
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus : quartet from act 3 of opera Idomeneo, S.S.S.T, orch, KV366
     • Kainz-Prausová, Emilie : v Ehrenbergů, Eleonora z : v Miková-Bennewitzová, Emilie : v Bachmann, Eduard : v


Prager Morgenpost 25/3/1862 published a theatre bill for this event, headed ‘Theatre. Tuesday, 25th March 1862. (Subscriptions suspended.) Concert for the benefit of the Poor. With the obliging participation of Mrs Kainz-Prause and the Royal Prussian Court Opera singer Miss Pauline Lucca. General details of the programme and the participants were then listed and the starting and finishing times of the event at 7pm and 9pm noted.

The unsigned Dalibor 20/4/1862 review noted that the audience attendance of this concert was ‘very poor, although though the programme in itself was quite interesting.’ Besides giving an outline of the works performed, the only other detail included in the review was the comment that the orchestra ‘very accurately’ performed the Overture to Oberon. This lack of critical coverage probably reflected deliberate antipathy on the part of the Czech periodical to a production given by the German Estates Theatre.

Summary of sources:

Prager Morgenpost (25/03/1862)
Dalibor, časopis pro hudbu, divadlo a umění vůbec (20/04/1862)